Open Ai statement
We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo.
We are collaborating to figure out the details. Thank you so much for your patience through this.
Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, was fired by the board of directors on Friday, November 17, 2023, for being “not consistently candid in his communications with the board”.
The firing sparked a backlash from OpenAI’s investors, led by Microsoft, which has invested $13 billion in the company2. They pressured the board to reinstate Altman as the CEO.
Altman was also popular with OpenAI’s staff, who expressed their support for him on social media and during an all-hands meeting on Friday2. Some of his colleagues, including the president Greg Brockman and three senior researchers, resigned in protest of his ousting1.
Altman is reportedly in talks with the board to return as the CEO, but he wants significant changes to the governance structure of the company2. He is also considering starting a new company with some of his former OpenAI colleagues2.
Altman’s firing was allegedly due to a culture clash with the chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, who is also a board member, over the safety and commercial direction of OpenAI2. Sutskever is said to have orchestrated the coup against Altman2.
OpenAI is a leading artificial intelligence research company that aims to create artificial general intelligence (AGI), which is AI that can perform any task that a human can3. It is also known for developing ChatGPT, a powerful natural language processing system that can generate realistic text and dialogue.