OpenAI Just Fired Sam Altman, Its Charismatic CEO

Sorry, Sam Here’s one we weren’t expecting: the creator of ChatGPT, OpenAI, has unexpectedly announced that it’s ditching its charismatic CEO Sam Altman, effective immediately. “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 company wrote in the surprise announcement. “The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.” Over Lord The statement is strikingly vague about exactly what went off the rails with Altman, who cofounded the company alongside the also since-departed Elon Musk back in 2015. Sure, the exec has shown a penchant for making striking public predictions and occasionally fostering drama with the likes of his frenemy Musk — oh yeah, and he’s a doomsday prepper because he fears, among other things, AI rising up against humankind – but there hadn’t been any public sign until now of friction with the company’s board of directors. In fact, the member of the board with arguably the most name recognition, Ilya Sutskever, has been prone to making provocative statements about AI himself. Regardless, though, it’s clear that something went amiss behind the scenes. “OpenAI was deliberately structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity,” the statement continued. “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…OpenAI Just Fired Sam Altman, Its Charismatic CEO

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