Published on November 17, 2023, 7:38 pm

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The board of directors at OpenAI, the makers of ChatGPT, made a surprising decision to fire CEO Sam Altman on Friday, November 17. The board stated that it “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.” This move came after a thorough review process by the board, which determined that Altman was not consistently open and honest in his communication with them, thus hindering their ability to fulfill their responsibilities.

Just last week, Altman led OpenAI’s developer conference and introduced GPT-4 Turbo during the company’s DevDay event in San Francisco. This update brought six major enhancements aimed at improving user interaction, expanding the model’s capabilities, and reducing costs for developers. Altman played a crucial role as the face of OpenAI since the debut of ChatGPT in November 2022. The launch of ChatGPT garnered widespread adoption and propelled generative AI into the mainstream globally. It also influenced AI policies on a federal level in the United States and raised awareness about AI among global leaders.

In light of this change in leadership, Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati has been appointed as interim CEO of OpenAI. The board is currently conducting a search to find a permanent successor for this role.

OpenAI’s mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity. In their statement announcing this leadership transition, the board expressed gratitude for Altman’s contributions to founding and growing OpenAI while emphasizing that new leadership is necessary to move forward. Murati brings extensive experience as she has been with OpenAI for five years and has led various functions within the company including research, product development, and safety. Her expertise in AI governance and policy positions her well to assume the interim CEO role.

The board of directors at OpenAI consists of OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, independent directors Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, technology entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Helen Toner from Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology. As part of this transition, Greg Brockman will step down as chairman of the board while remaining in his role at the company and reporting to the CEO.

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