OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT, announced on Friday the dismissal of CEO Sam Altman, citing a loss of confidence in his leadership. Altman gained prominence with the release of ChatGPT, a groundbreaking AI chatbot capable of generating human-like content rapidly, including poems and artwork.
According to a statement from OpenAI’s board, Altman’s departure follows a thorough review, revealing inconsistencies in his communication with the board, hindering their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. The board expressed a lack of confidence in Altman’s continued leadership.
Altman’s decision to launch ChatGPT last year propelled him to fame, and the AI race intensified with major tech players such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Meta entering the competition. Microsoft, a key backer of OpenAI, integrated the company’s technology into its products, including the Bing search engine.
Altman, who previously testified before the US Congress on AI and engaged with heads of state, faces increasing pressure for regulatory measures against potential risks like AI’s use in bioweapons and misinformation.
While acknowledging Altman’s contributions to OpenAI, the board emphasized the need for new leadership. The interim CEO will be Mira Murati, OpenAI’s Chief Technology Officer.
OpenAI’s board, composed of figures like Ilya Sutskever, Adam D’Angelo, Tasha McCauley, and Helen Toner, expressed gratitude for Altman’s contributions and announced the necessity of new leadership for the organization’s future.
Altman, who recently led a developer’s conference for OpenAI, acknowledged concerns about AI’s disruptive impact, expressing empathy for various perspectives on the matter. Altman’s replacement comes at a time when OpenAI continues to shape the landscape of generative artificial intelligence.