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### Open AI CEO Sam Altman Fired: What Led to His Sudden Departure?

AI startup says Altman was ‘not consistently candid in his communications with the board.’

According to a startup specializing in artificial intelligence, Altman purportedly lacked consistency in his communications with the board.

In a momentous development within the technology industry, Sam Altman, the CEO prominent in Silicon Valley known for spearheading AI-driven entities like ChatGPT and GPT-4, has been promptly ousted by the board of directors of his company.

Supported by Microsoft, Start AI revealed on Friday that a “leadership transition” was instigated due to the board’s diminishing confidence in Altman’s managerial capabilities.

The board determined that Altman’s purported lack of transparency in his interactions with them hindered their ability to fulfill their duties, leading to his departure following a thorough review process, as stated in the organization’s blog post.

While recognizing Altman’s past contributions, the board emphasized the necessity for new leadership moving forward.

No specific reasons for Altman’s exit were disclosed by the company or its board.

During the interim period until a permanent successor is appointed to helm the $90 billion enterprise, Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer, assumes the role of CEO.

Just earlier this month, Altman represented the company at a panel discussion during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco.

Altman expressed his appreciation for collaborating with highly accomplished individuals and described his tenure at the company as a “revolutionary” experience in a brief statement regarding his departure from X (formerly Online).

My time at OpenAI has been transformative both personally and globally. Collaborating with such exceptional individuals has been the highlight.

Further details on the future course of action will be shared soon.


November 17, 2023, Sam Altman (@sama)

Following Altman’s sudden exit, the software industry witnessed a flurry of reactions.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt hailed Altman as a “hero” on X, crediting him with “profoundly impacting our societal landscape.”

Greg Brockman, the President of OpenAI and a co-founder alongside Altman and Elon Musk, swiftly announced his resignation from the company in response to the news.

In an X post, he remarked, “Despite navigating through both challenging and rewarding times together, achieving remarkable feats against all odds, I have decided to step down based on the recent developments.”

Following today’s revelations, I communicated the following message to the OpenAI team: https://t.co/NMnG16yFmm Photo. 8x39P0ejOM twitter.com

Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 18, 2023

A September article in New York Magazine drew parallels between the software tycoon and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, while Time Magazine recognized Altman as one of the 100 most influential figures in AI for 2023.

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