What is happening to Sam Altman, who was suddenly expelled from OpenAI? Summary in chronological order

On November 17, 2023 local time, OpenAI, known as the developer of chat AI and ChatGPT, suddenly announced the resignation and departure of CEO Sam Altman. OpenAI stated on its official blog that Altman's resignation as CEO was deliberated by the Board of Directors, stating, ``Mr. Altman has consistently lacked candid communication with the Board of Directors, which is interfering with his ability to fulfill the Board's responsibilities.'' 'The Board of Directors no longer has confidence in Mr. Altman's ability to lead OpenAI.'

Sam Altman, CEO of AI development company OpenAI, steps down; CTO Mira Murati becomes interim CEO - GIGAZINE

After announcing his retirement, Altman said on his I liked doing it. I will explain the next thing in detail later.''

Following Altman's post, OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman posted, ``The following is the message I sent to the OpenAI team after learning of today's news.''

'I'm so proud of what we've all built since we started in my apartment eight years ago,' he said in a message to his team. 'We've been through some tough times and some great times together. , I have accomplished many 'impossible things'. However, after seeing today's news, I have decided to leave OpenAI. 'I continue to believe in the mission of creating a global company (AGI),' and said that with Mr. Altman's retirement as CEO and departure from the company, he also intends to step down as president.

Additionally, Brockman said, 'Sam and I are shocked and saddened by what the Board of Directors has done today. First, I would like to thank the wonderful people we have worked with at OpenAI, our customers, our investors, and the people we have reached out to. We would like to thank everyone for their assistance and we are still trying to understand exactly what happened.'

Mr. Brockman seems to understand the following three points.

-Last night, Sam received an email from Ilya (Ilya Satskyvar, one of the co-founders) saying he would like to speak at noon on Friday. Sam joins a Google Meet, and the entire board except Greg joins. Elijah is told by Sam that he is being fired and that the news will be announced soon.
-At 12:19, Greg received a text message from Elijah asking him to call him back immediately. At 12:23, Ilya sent me a Google Meet link. Greg is told that he will be removed from the board but can remain with the company and that Sam has been fired. At the same time, OpenAI announced Sam's retirement on its blog.
As far as we know, only Mira (Mira Murati) knew that Sam would be fired before the announcement, and the rest of the management team only found out after the announcement.

Subsequently, Microsoft partnering with OpenAI said, ``We have a long-term agreement with OpenAI that gives us full access to everything we need to deliver on our innovation agenda and exciting product roadmap, and our partnership continues.'' , and we are committed to Mila and her team,' he said in a statement on his blog. When the overseas media Axios contacted Microsoft, the company apparently learned of Altman's resignation 'one minute before the announcement.' Regarding Mr. Altman's retirement, Microsoft has refrained from commenting other than a statement.

Microsoft is a key investor in OpenAI. It was blindsided by Sam Altman's exit.

In addition, Altman's retirement announcement also includes Jakub Pachocki, director of research at OpenAI, Aleksander Madry, who heads a team that assesses potential risks from AI, and Szymon Sidor, who was a senior researcher at OpenAI for seven years. The Information reports that three people have resigned.

Three Senior OpenAI Researchers Resign as Crisis Deepens — The Information

After Altman announced his retirement, there was a backlash from both inside and outside the company, and there arereports that OpenAI is discussing Altman's return as CEO. However, Mr. Altman is planning to launch a new AI-related business, so the talks seem to be stalling. Therefore, there are reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is involved in the negotiations.

Negotiations continue to explore the return of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who suddenly stepped down, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella leading the negotiations - GIGAZINE

Satsukivar, who is said to have led Altman's resignation, told OpenAI employees, ``This is to fulfill OpenAI's mission as a nonprofit organization to ensure that we build AGI that benefits all humanity.'' 'The decision to make the decision.'

Ron Conway, an investor in OpenAI, said: ``What happened with OpenAI is similar to the coup that Apple's board of directors conducted in 1985 to oust Steve Jobs. This is shocking. And it's irresponsible.'

Brad Lightcap, OpenAI's chief operating officer, said Altman's departure was not related to any wrongdoing or to our financial, business, safety, security, or privacy practices. 'This is the result of a breakdown in communication between the company and the board of directors.'

Details emerge of surprise coup board that ousted CEO Sam Altman at OpenAI | Ars Technica

In addition, due to Mr. Altman's retirement as CEO, Mira Murati, who has been serving as the company's CTO (chief technology officer), has been appointed as OpenAI's interim CEO.

Who is Mira Murati, who has been appointed interim CEO of OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT? -GIGAZINE

◆Forum now open
A forum related to this article has been set up on the GIGAZINE official Discord server . Anyone can write freely, so please feel free to comment! If you do not have a Discord account, please create one by referring to the article explaining how to create an account!

• Discord | 'What do you think will happen to OpenAI, which is causing a huge uproar due to the departure of former CEO Sam Altman?' | GIGAZINE

in Note, Posted by logu_ii