OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, has made a surprising move by firing Sam Altman, who has been associated with the company since its inception in 2015, from his role as CEO.
The decision to remove Sam Altman from his position came swiftly, just a day after his participation in the APEC CEO Summit.
OpenAI’s press release implies that Altman’s departure is linked to allegations of dishonesty in his dealings with the board of directors.
According to the company, “Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities. The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”
Taking over the reins as interim CEO is Mira Murati, the company’s chief technology officer, who assumes the role immediately.
In a statement issued by the board of directors, they reaffirm OpenAI’s commitment to their mission of ensuring that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. They express gratitude for Sam Altman’s contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI. However, they also emphasize the need for new leadership as they forge ahead. Mira Murati, with her leadership in the areas of research, product development, and safety, is deemed exceptionally qualified to serve as interim CEO during this transitional phase.
This development comes hot on the heels of OpenAI’s decision to temporarily halt new ChatGPT Plus subscriptions, a move that inadvertently led to the emergence of a black market for membership access.
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