Sam Altman’s ousting and possible return to OpenAI: What we know
OpenAI's decision to fire CEO Sam Altman has caused turmoil within the company. Altman clashed with the board on issues such as AI safety and commercialization. His plans to raise funds for new AI chip and hardware companies may have been a factor in his firing.
OpenAI stunned employees, investors and much of Silicon Valley on Friday by ousting Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman, who more than any other figure had emerged as the face of artificial intelligence following the viral success of his company’s chatbot, ChatGPT. Almost instantly, the world’s best-known AI startup, which has been in talks to sell employee shares to investors at an $86 billion valuation, was thrown into disarray. Several people, including OpenAI President Greg Brockman, have resigned, the board is facing investor pressure to reinstate Altman and there’s a possibility the board itself resigns in the coming days.