Sam Altman was forced out of OpenAI, Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that acts as the governing body for OpenAI. He will both leave the company’s board and resign as CEO.
In a post on OpenAI’s official blog, the company wrote that Altman’s departure follows a “board deliberation review process” that concluded that Altman “has not always been forthright in his communications” with other board members – “hindered its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”
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“The board no longer has confidence in (Altman’s) ability to continue leading OpenAI,” the blog post read.
The surprising change in leadership also sees Greg Brockman – who was a member of the team that founded OpenAI, as well as Altman – resign as chairman of the board but remains its president, reporting on the new the interim CEO of OpenAI, Mira Murati. Murati was previously the chief technology officer at OpenAI.
OpenAI said it will begin conducting a formal search for a permanent CEO immediately.
“OpenAI was intentionally structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity,” the board of directors wrote in a joint statement. “The board remains fully committed to serving this mission. We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI. At the same time, we believe that new leadership is needed as we move forward. As the leader of the company’s research, product, and safety functions, Mira is well qualified to step into the role of interim CEO. We have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead OpenAI through this transition period.
OpenAI’s board of directors currently consists of OpenAI’s chief scientist Ilya Sutskever; Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo; tech entrepreneur Tasha McCauley; and Helen Toner, the director of strategy at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
It’s unclear what mistakes Altman made — for now. But we’re definitely keeping our ears to the ground for more information.