• April 24, 2024
Sam Altman

On Friday, OpenAI dismissed CEO Sam Altman and ousted co-founder Greg Brockman from the board during a hasty decision on a Google Meet call. Greg Brockman, addressing his official X (formerly Twitter) account on Saturday, expressed shock and sadness, revealing that both he and Sam were still in the process of understanding the details of the board’s actions.

“Last night, Sam got a text from Ilya asking to talk at noon Friday. Sam joined a Google Meet and the whole board, except Greg, was there. Ilya told Sam he was being fired and that the news was going out very soon,” Mr Brockman wrote.

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Greg Brockman

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Sudden Dismissals and Unexpected Changes

“At 12:19pm, Greg got a text from Ilya asking for a quick call. At 12:23pm, Ilya sent a Google Meet link. Greg was told that he was being removed from the board (but was vital to the company and would retain his role) and that Sam had been fired. Around the same time, OpenAI published a blog post,” he added.

“As far as we know, the management team was made aware of this shortly after, other than Mira (Murati) who found out the night prior,” Mr Brockman said.

He also said that the “outpouring of support” has been nice and that they will be fine. 

Earlier on Friday, the board of directors of Microsoft-backed OpenAI announced that Sam Altman will depart as CEO and leave the board of directors.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Departs Amidst Communication Concerns

“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 board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI,” an official statement read.

Mr Altman, 38, became a tech world sensation with the release of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot with unprecedented capabilities, churning out human-level content like poems or artwork in just seconds.

Meanwhile, OpenAI said that Mira Murati, the company’s chief technology officer, will serve as interim CEO.

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