The board of directors judged that Sam Altman had not always been “frank” with this body.
Earthquake in Silicon Valley. The board of directors of OpenAI, which launched the generative artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT a year ago, announced on Friday the departure with immediate effect of boss Sam Altman, saying he had not always been ” frank” with this instance.
“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he had not always been candid in his communications with the board, hindering his ability to fulfill his responsibilities.” , specifies the board of directors in a press release, announcing the appointment of Mira Murati to act as interim head of the company.
“OpenAI was intentionally structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. The council remains fully committed to serving this mission,” he said.
“We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the creation and growth of OpenAI. At the same time, we believe new governance is necessary moving forward,” he continued.
A company funded by Microsoft
Sam Altman, 38, reacted on the X network: “I loved my time at OpenAI. It was transformative for me on a personal level but also, hopefully, for the world.”
As part of this reorganization, Chairman of the Board Greg Brockman — a co-founder of the company — is leaving that position but remaining on staff.
Founded at the end of 2015, OpenAi has been able to count on the financial support of prestigious contributors from the outset, including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, investor Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.
The company is financed by Microsoft, which has invested several billion dollars in it and which has integrated this technology into its own products, such as the Bing search engine.
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