In a shocking development, Sam Altman has been removed as OpenAI’s CEO after the company’s board lost confidence in his leadership, according to an announcement released Friday.
OpenAI Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati will serve as interim CEO, the company announced, adding that it will conduct a search for a permanent permanent CEO. Mr. Murati has been a member of the San Francisco-based company’s management team for five years.
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OpenAI board has lost confidence in Altman
“Mr. Altman’s resignation follows a deliberative process by the Board, which concluded that Mr. Altman has not been consistently candid in his communications with the Board, which has hindered the Board’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities. ,” the company said in a statement. Blog post.
“The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue to lead OpenAI.”
Post Altman told X shortly after the six-member board of directors announced his termination. It was a little game-changing for me personally and, hopefully, for the world. Most of all, I loved working with such talented people. ”
I loved the time I spent at openai. It was a little transformative for me personally and, hopefully, for the world. Most of all, I loved working with such talented people.
— Sam Altman (@sama) November 17, 2023
The 38-year-old’s firing shocked the AI industry. One of the most visible figures in AI’s rapid rise in recent years, Altman is the poster boy for the hugely popular generative AI technology, traveling the world to lobby governments. Masu.
After his company released the viral chatbot ChatGPT in November 2022, Altman came into the spotlight as a vocal advocate of artificial intelligence, advocating for regulation and responsible use of the technology. He testified before the US Congress about what his AI bill would look like.
Altman spoke powerfully about artificial general intelligence (AGI), or building AI systems that are as smart as humans. He gave a keynote at the company’s first developer conference last week, saying that anyone can now create a customized version of ChatGPT without any coding skills.
Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, he argued that AI will be “the biggest leap forward in the great technological revolution that has ever taken place.”
Altman helped found OpenAI in 2015, along with Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. The company started as a nonprofit organization, and he received over $1 billion in investment commitments from its founders. By 2019, when the company switched to a “restricted profit” model with Mr. Altman as CEO, it was only able to reach $130 million.
Reaction to Altman’s resignation
Microsoft has become a major investor in OpenAI, pumping $10 billion into the startup earlier this year. The company has also integrated much of OpenAI’s technology into its own operations and products such as Bing AI Chat.
The company’s CEO Satya Nadella tweeted that despite the recent changing of the guard, Microsoft remains committed to working with OpenAI.
“We have a long-term agreement with OpenAI, giving us full access to everything we need to deliver on our innovation agenda and exciting product roadmap. And we look forward to our partnership, and to Mira and the team, for years to come.” I will do my best,” Nadella said. I have written.
As you saw this week at Microsoft Ignite, we continue to rapidly innovate for this era of AI, with over 100 new innovations across the technology stack, from AI systems, models, and tools in Azure to Copilot. We are making an announcement. Most importantly, we are committed to providing all of this to our customers.
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) November 17, 2023
Many AI Twitter users are in a state of shock. “Sam Altman is my hero” Said Eric Schmidt, former chairman and CEO of Google.
“He built a company worth $90 billion from the ground up and changed our world forever. I can’t wait to see what he does next. I and billions of others will benefit from his future work. “You’re going to benefit. It’s going to be just incredible. Thank you, Sam, for everything you’ve done for all of us,” he added.
Chris Anderson, Head of Technology Conference TED Said: “This surprised me. OpenAI firing Sam feels like Apple firing Steve Jobs. Who has the real story? Please, us too.” I want to know!”