ChatGPT CEO Sam Altman sacked by OpenAI

ChatGPT CEO Sam Altman sacked by OpenAI
ChatGPT CEO Sam Altman sacked by OpenAI

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and has woven the company’s technology into its offerings.

By launching ChatGPT in 2022, the board of OpenAI who shook the world, on Friday dismissed the company and the global AI revolution’s central figure Sam Altman citing that they lost confidence in him.

With the release of ChatGPT, the 38-year-old tech sensation became a household name across the planet. The world was shocked by ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot with unprecedented capabilities, churning out content like poems or artwork in just seconds with just a mere prompt.

Attracting huge audiences to his talks where he discussed the promise of AI and also the potential threats it could bring to society, the Silicon Valley’s newest star was also travelling across the world to meet with global leaders and political figures.

The tech world is surprised by Altman’s dismissal. Rumours are circulating on social media on what led to the sudden sacking.

Deliberative review process

The OpenAI board in a statement pointed out that Altman departed following “a deliberative review process”. “He was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities,” the board said in their statement.

“The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI,” it concluded. In a post on X, Altman said he “loved my time at OpenAI.” “It was transformative for me personally, and hopefully the world a little bit,” Altman said.

He also said that he will have “more to say about what’s next later”.

A new race in AI

ChatGPT that was hailed as the next big chapter in technology, ignited a race in artificial intelligence. Its rise, towards development of AI, prompted tech giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Meta to enter the race, and channel more resources.

Including search engine Bing, Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and has woven the company’s technology into its offerings. To push out its own AI offerings, including the chatbot Bard, Google, caught off guard, moved quickly.

Altman, aware that such a race could benefit and also pose challenges to mankind, testified before the US Congress and spoke with global leaders about AI and also joined in calls to regulate risks such as AI’s potential use in bioweapons, misinformation and other threats.

OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, technology entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology’s Helen Toner are a part of OpenAI’s board of directors.

Greg Brockman, a close associate of Altman’s, would step down as chairman of the board, but stay at the firm, reporting to the new CEO, the statement added.

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