OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Debuts Nuclear Power Company Oklo On NYSE

By Thea Felicity

May 10, 2024 11:39 AM EDT

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: OpenAI Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman walks on the House side of the U.S. Capitol on January 11, 2024 in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, House Freedom Caucus members who left a meeting in the Speakers office say that they were talking to the Speaker about abandoning the spending agreement that Johnson announced earlier in the week.
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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman introduced his nuclear energy project, Oklo, to the public market. 

According to CNBC, Oklo's shares are now available for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "OKLO," through a special acquisition company called AltC Acquisition Corp. 

Although Oklo encountered obstacles from regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and is not yet generating revenue, the nuclear power company is focused on commercializing nuclear fission, the fundamental process that powers nuclear plants. 

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Is Oklo Nuclear Reactor Real?

 Oklo intends to deploy compact nuclear reactors within A-frame structures that are unlike traditional ones. This unconventional strategy is designed to meet the energy requirements of diverse consumers, such as the U.S. Air Force and tech giants.

Now, the company's aspirations include constructing its inaugural small-scale reactor in Idaho to provide energy to data centers essential for AI operations. 

This objective aligns with Altman's conviction that nuclear energy is the best solution to meet the increasing demands of AI without depending on fossil fuels.

Sam Altman's association with Oklo traces back to his leadership at the startup Y Combinator. Since then, he has been instrumental in investing in Oklo in 2015 and taking on the position of chairman. 

As Oklo debuts as a publicly traded entity, Altman's forward-looking perspective on the synergy between nuclear energy and AI takes center stage, symbolizing a bold stride toward reshaping the energy sector to accommodate the ever-changing requirements of technology-driven sectors.

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