Israeli troops entered Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza after encountering Hamas fighters at the gate. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had surrounded the hospital, claiming that Hamas had established its headquarters in tunnels beneath it, a claim denied by Hamas. There were gun battles between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops around the hospital. Israel stated that it had informed the hospital staff of their plans to enter and brought medical supplies for patients inside who had been facing shortages. The fate of patients in the hospital had been a matter of international concern, with reports of premature babies dying due to a lack of medical care. White House officials confirmed Israel’s claim that Hamas had been using the hospital as a base. The results of the search inside the hospital had not been revealed as of early Wednesday morning.
The Pentagon failed its annual independent audit of accounting systems for the sixth consecutive year, according to the Defense Department’s chief financial officer, Mike McCord. While there has been progress, it falls short of the goal of a “clean” audit, and achieving that goal is expected to take more time. The audit comprises 29 sub-audits of the department’s services, all of which must pass for overall approval. This year, seven sub-audits passed, the same number as the previous year, and no fraud was detected. The audit, mandated by law, assesses record-keeping processes for the Pentagon’s weapons systems, military personnel, and global property. The annual exercise has aided in locating and accounting for weapons and has facilitated cost savings and technology transfers, including support to Ukraine.
OpenAI, the company responsible for creating ChatGPT, has faced significant turmoil following the ousting of its CEO, Sam Altman. Microsoft has hired Altman, leading to concerns about OpenAI’s future and a potential exodus of employees. The conflict revolves around OpenAI’s mission to develop artificial intelligence smarter than humans and the company’s growing commercial success.
Microsoft, a close partner of OpenAI, has invested billions of dollars in the company and appointed Altman and OpenAI’s former president, Greg Brockman, to lead its new advanced AI research team. Hundreds of OpenAI employees, including top executives, expressed their intention to join Microsoft in an open letter, calling for the resignation of OpenAI’s board and Altman’s return.
OpenAI’s new interim CEO, Emmett Shear, pledged to investigate Altman’s removal and initiate reforms within the organization. The board’s decision to remove Altman was based on concerns that he had not been candid in his communications, hindering the board’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities.
While OpenAI had faced debates over its mission and commercialization, the reasons for Altman’s removal were not specifically related to disagreements on safety or the commercialization of AI models.
The open letter, signed by a majority of OpenAI’s employees, called for a qualified board to stabilize the company. The board’s nonprofit structure differs from typical startup boards led by investors.
Sam Altman played a significant role in ChatGPT’s global recognition and had become a prominent voice on the promises and challenges of artificial intelligence. His departure may impact OpenAI’s pace of development and commercialization.
Microsoft’s shares rose following these developments.
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