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Sam Altman out as OpenAI CEO after board 'lost confidence'

Published 11/17/2023, 03:47 PM
Updated 11/17/2023, 03:49 PM
© Reuters Sam Altman out as OpenAI CEO after board 'lost confidence'

In a surprise development Friday, OpenAI announced that AI whizkid Sam Altman will be stepping down as the CEO of the company after the board lost confidence in his ability to continue leading the company.

OpenAI is behind ChatGPT, which has put AI at the forefront of technology.

A board review found that Mr. Altman was not "consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities."

In a statement, the board of directors said: “OpenAI was deliberately structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity. 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 new leadership is necessary as we move forward. As the leader of the company’s research, product, and safety functions, Mira is exceptionally qualified to step into the role of interim CEO. We have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead OpenAI during this transition period.”

Mira Murati, the company’s chief technology officer, will serve as interim CEO, effective immediately.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a large investor in OpenAI. They were not immediately available for comment.

Latest comments

I guess AI CEO will replace him.
The rise of the machines has just started. It just got rid of its chief.
The King is dead, long live the Queen
all hail AGI. long live AGI
Siebel by himself.   that will be healthy... Sam was too rational.   They want the brakes and caution off this thing.   It will end well...  money will be made, society will pay.
Maybe the board is Sentient AI
Brilliant move, this dude was all kinds of shady, went to the bilderberg group, trying to invent AI to control us all. Mira Murati wants to regulate AI and keep humans safe.
something happening here, this story isn't finished
Maybe something to do with Elon.
AI will bring the end of capitalism. It’s cheaper to train computer models than educate citizens. The whole concept of society has been broken by tech bros.
This is why i like Mira from the surface of it, it seems like she wants to regulate AI to improve our lives. You never know though.
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