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Indian-origin Stanford student shares video of long queue for Sam Altman event: 'Taylor Swift of the Bay'

Apr 25, 2024 05:40 PM IST

Sam Altman, OpenAI CEO, spoke to Stanford University students. An Indian-origin student shared snippets of the event.

OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman addressed students of Stanford University on Wednesday, during which the students surprised him with a birthday wish.

Sam Altman, OpenAI CEO, interacted with Stanford University students. (X/@AllenNaliath)
Sam Altman, OpenAI CEO, interacted with Stanford University students. (X/@AllenNaliath)

Altman turned 39 on April 22.

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One of the students who attended Altman's talk shared a snippet of the students singing "Happy birthday" for the AI entrepreneur.

"Good to know @sama also hates when people sing happy birthday," Indian-origin Stanford student Allen Naliath wrote on X (formerly Twitter), sharing a video.

"This is less interesting," Altman says, surprised and mildly awkward with the sweet gesture.

The screen behind him had the text, "Happy birthday, Sam".

Watch the video here:

Altman, who heads ChatGPT-maker OpenAI, was in conversation with Stanford lecturer Ravi Belani as part of Stanford's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series.

Allen Naliath, a third-year student at Stanford University studying Computer Science, also shared a video of a long queue of people waiting to enter the venue where Altman spoke.

Watch the video of the long queue of people at Stanford for the Sam Altman event:

Seeing the video of the long line of people, Sriram Krishnan, a former senior executive at X, said he was reminded of his early 20s.

“Everytime I see one of these lines for anyone, it fills me with hope. Remember being a student in my early 20s and lining up for the tech luminiaries of the day,” Krishnan wrote on X.

Incidentally, Altman is a Stanford dropout who left the university in 2005 without a Bachelor's degree, two years after he enrolled for a course in computer science.

In November last year, Altman was briefly fired from the board of OpenAI, four days after which he returned as its CEO. His return came after nearly all of OpenAI's employees threatened to depart unless the board restored Altman and resigned.

In March, OpenAI - the world's most prominent artificial intelligence (AI) company - announced that Altman would return to the company's board along with three new directors.

“We have important work in front of us,” he had said in a post on X.

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