Published on November 17, 2023, 5:57 pm

Openai Ceo Sam Altman Fired, Interim Ceo Appointed

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has been fired from his position, according to an announcement made by the company on Friday. The decision follows a thorough review process by the board, who concluded that Altman lacked transparency in his communication with them, impeding their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. In its blog post, OpenAI stated that they no longer have confidence in Altman’s leadership abilities.

The role of interim CEO will now be assumed by Mira Murati, who currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at OpenAI. The company will also begin its search for a permanent successor to the CEO position. When contacted for further comments regarding this development, OpenAI’s communications department declined to provide any additional information beyond what was disclosed in their official blog post. Employees at OpenAI became aware of Altman’s departure when it was announced publicly.

Altman expressed his appreciation for his time at OpenAI in a post on X (formerly Twitter), stating that it had been personally transforming and has hopefully made some positive impact on the world. He particularly praised working with highly talented individuals and mentioned that he will share more about his future plans later.

This unexpected turn of events comes as a surprise since Altman has long been synonymous with OpenAI. He played a key role in starting the current AI competition with their widely popular release of ChatGPT last year. Recently, Altman led the keynote speech at OpenAI’s inaugural DevDay conference where they unveiled significant updates to rival tech giants like Microsoft and Google. Additionally, he spoke at Thursday’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

Microsoft, which has made substantial investments in OpenAI, stated that they will continue partnering with the company despite Altman’s departure. A spokesperson for Microsoft affirmed their dedication to Mira and her team as they push forward into the next phase of AI.

There were rumors that Altman had discussions with Jony Ive, Apple’s former chief design officer, about creating an “iPhone of artificial intelligence,” but Altman downplayed these speculations at a recent Wall Street Journal conference. Additionally, he is the largest shareholder in Humane, a company that recently launched orders for its Humane AI Pin.

Altman co-founded OpenAI and initially served as co-chair alongside Elon Musk. Musk stepped down from his position in 2018 to avoid conflicts of interest with Tesla and subsequently established his own AI company called xAI. In related news, OpenAI also announced that co-founder Greg Brockman will be resigning as chairman of the board, although he will continue to remain with the company.

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