A very tumultuous dawn we’ve had today. The board of directors of OpenAI, the company that owns the famous ChatGPT, has decided to remove Sam Altman, CEO and the most visible figure of the company he co-founded. The news has caught everyone by surprise, as if there was a face representing the rise of artificial intelligence, it was currently Altman.
The statement sent by OpenAI leaves no room for doubt: everything is due to a loss of trust. “Mr. Altman’s departure comes after a deliberate review process by the board, which concluded that he was not always honest in his communication with the board itself. There is no longer confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI,” states the provided text.
Sam Altman himself has also had words of gratitude for what was his company until a few hours ago. In a tweet posted on Twitter, the former leader expresses the following: ‘I loved all my time at OpenAI. It was transformative for me, and I hope also a bit for the world. I loved working with such talented people.
From now on, Sam Altman’s position will be filled by Mira Murati, who was part of the executive team at OpenAI. She has been chosen for ‘her long track record and close relationship with all aspects of the company, from her governance experience to her AI policy.
We must not forget that Greg Brockman, who was the co-founder of OpenAI alongside Sam Altman, already left his position as board chairman to become the chief assistant to the CEO. Now, after this news, Brockman is also leaving the company he co-founded. ‘Based on today’s news, I resign from my position,’ he concludes.