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### OpenAI Co-Founder and CEO Sam Altman Dismissed for Misleading Stakeholders

AI firm’s board said Altman was ‘not consistently candid in his communications with the board’ and …

The board of directors at OpenAI accused Sam Altman, the CEO and co-founder of the company, of lacking transparency in his communications, leading to his dismissal from his role.

This event marks a significant development within Silicon Valley. Altman gained prominence as a prominent figure in the tech industry and an authority on artificial intelligence, particularly after the successful launch of ChatGPT, a widely popular AI creation by OpenAI.

In a statement released on OpenAI’s website, it was mentioned that the board had lost confidence in Altman’s leadership capabilities and deemed new leadership essential for the company’s progress. Consequently, Altman will also be stepping down from the board.

The decision for Altman’s departure followed a thorough review process, revealing a lack of honesty in his interactions with the board, which impeded their ability to fulfill their responsibilities effectively. The specifics of what Altman withheld from the board remain undisclosed.

In response to the board’s statement, Altman shared a positive message on Twitter expressing his gratitude for his time at OpenAI and hinting at future endeavors.

Mira Murati, the current Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at OpenAI, will assume the role of CEO following Altman’s exit. Murati, who has been part of the management team at the San Francisco-based company for five years, will take on this new leadership position. Additionally, Greg Brockman will step down as the board chairman but retain his title as the chairman of OpenAI.

Brockman publicly announced his departure on social media, citing recent events as the reason for his decision to resign.

The sudden announcement of Altman and Brockman’s departures surprised employees, with many learning about the changes through internal communications and the company’s blog. An urgent all-hands meeting was scheduled to address the situation with the staff.

Altman’s reputation as a leading figure in the artificial intelligence industry was solidified with the launch of ChatGPT. His vision for developing “artificial general intelligence” (AGI) garnered significant attention, especially after the AI robot attracted over 100 million users within a short period.

Having co-founded OpenAI in 2015 with a substantial endowment from notable backers like Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Reid Hoffman, Altman aimed to advance AI technology for the greater good. Despite the recent restructuring of OpenAI in 2019 under a “reduced profit” model, Altman continued to advocate for responsible AI development and emphasized the importance of addressing associated risks.

Altman’s dismissal had repercussions beyond OpenAI, affecting Microsoft’s stock prices, as the company had announced significant investments in OpenAI. However, Microsoft reaffirmed its commitment to its collaboration with OpenAI, emphasizing their long-term partnership and continued support for the business.

In a statement, Microsoft’s director reiterated the company’s dedication to working with Mira and her team to bring the benefits of AI to their customers. CEO Satya Nadella also expressed confidence in OpenAI’s future, highlighting their ongoing partnership and commitment to advancing AI technology.

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Last modified: February 17, 2024
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