OpenAI’s board of directors has fired CEO Sam Altman. According to the council, Altman had not been consistently candid enough in his communications with the council. Mira Murati, OpenAI’s chief technology officer, will become interim CEO.
OpenAI announced the news via a blog post . It states that the decision was made after a “well-considered assessment process”. The board says it no longer has confidence in Sam Altman to lead OpenAI.
OpenAI also announced that Greg Brockman, co-founder and until recently president of OpenAI, will be removed from the board of directors, but will remain part of the company. However, Brockman later shared via X that he has also resigned. Altman also responded to the news via X. The man states that he found his time at OpenAI innovative and that he will release more information later.
OpenAI is an American research institute specialized in artificial intelligence and language models. It was founded in 2015 by Sam Altman, Elon Musk, Greg Brockman and several other tech entrepreneurs. OpenAI was initially a non-profit organization with the aim of conducting fundamental research in artificial intelligence, without the need for a commercial purpose. That changed in 2019 . Then OpenAI became a for-profit company.
In 2019 , Microsoft invested $1 billion in the AI company, followed by a second investment of $10 billion in 2023 . OpenAI is known as the company behind the AI chatbot ChatGPT, AI image generator Dall-E and speech recognition software Whisper.