Early this morning, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, known as the "Father of ChatGPT", was suddenly announced by the board of directors to resign, and could even be said to be fired. The CEO position will be temporarily taken over by OpenAI CTO Mira Murati. The words of OpenAI's statement are extremely harsh:
Mr. Altman's failure to be candid in his communications with the Board hindered the Board's ability to carry out its responsibilities. The board no longer has confidence in him continuing to lead OpenAI.
This is seismic news for both OpenAI and the entire industry.
Just last week, Sam Altman gave a speech at OpenAI's first developer conference, announcing a major update to ChatGPT, as well as GPTs that have given countless AI entrepreneurs sleepless nights.
Soon Sam Altman also responded on X:
I really enjoyed my time at OpenAI. This place has changed me, and I hope to bring changes to the world. Most of all, I love working with so many talented people. I will tell you more about future plans later.
Judging from OpenAI's statement, this is obviously not an amicable breakup. The business history of technology companies is no stranger to the scenario of a founder being ousted by the board of directors.
The most famous of these is Steve Jobs, who was forced to leave Apple in 1985 after losing a power struggle with then-CEO John Sculley. At the time, Apple was facing financial difficulties and product development issues. Jobs later returned to Apple in 1997 and successfully led the company to glory.
ChatGPT was born less than a year ago and has already had a huge impact on the technology industry and countless ordinary people. And Sam Altman has become the spokesperson of OpenAI and even ChatGPT. Every time a new product is updated, he talks in Congress, and he gives his first speech in China… he is even called Musk in the AI era.
Sam Altman's departure may cause even greater waves, and Ai Faner will continue to pay attention to the progress of the matter.
The following is the full text of OpenAI’s statement:
OpenAI's board of directors announced today that Sam Altman will step down as CEO and leave the board of directors, and Mira Murati, the company's chief technology officer, will serve as interim CEO effective immediately.
The company is currently searching for a permanent successor.
As a member of OpenAI's leadership team for five years, Mira played a key role in OpenAI's development into a global AI leader. She brings a unique skill set with a deep understanding of the company's values, operations and business, and has already led the company's research, product and security functions. Given her long tenure and experience working closely with all aspects of the company, including experience in AI governance and policy, the Board believes she is uniquely qualified for this role and looks forward to a smooth transition while the formal search for a permanent CEO is conducted.
Mr. Altman's departure is the result of a thoughtful review process by the Board, which concluded that he had not been consistently candid in his communications with the Board, hindering the Board's ability to carry out its responsibilities. The board no longer has confidence in him continuing to lead OpenAI.
The board of directors said in a statement: "OpenAI is structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial intelligence benefits all mankind. The board remains fully supportive of this mission. We are grateful for Sam's many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI. At the same time, we We believe new leadership is necessary as we move forward. As the head of the company's research, product and security functions, Mira is ideally suited to serve as interim CEO. We are confident in her ability to lead OpenAI during this transition. "
OpenAI's board of directors consists of OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, independent director Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo, technology entrepreneur Tasha McCauley and Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology's Helen Toner.
As part of this transition, Greg Brockman will step down as Chairman of the Board but will continue to serve in a role within the company, reporting to the CEO.
OpenAI was founded in 2015 as a non-profit organization with a core mission to ensure that artificial intelligence benefits all mankind. In 2019, OpenAI restructured to ensure the company could raise funds in pursuit of this mission while retaining the mission, governance, and oversight of a nonprofit organization. The majority of the board of directors is independent, and independent directors do not hold shares in OpenAI. While the Company has experienced significant growth, the Board's fundamental governance responsibility is to advance OpenAI's mission and maintain the principles of its Charter.
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