In a surprising turn of events, Sam Altman, co-founder of OpenAI, has been dismissed from his role by the board of directors, leading to a significant change in the company’s management structure.
The board’s decision was influenced by what they saw as a lack of consistency in Altman’s honesty in his communications. In addition to being dismissed from his role as CEO, Altman also immediately left the board. His position has been filled by Mira Murati, previously the company’s technology director. Murati now additionally holds the role of interim CEO.
OpenAI’s history and mission
OpenAI was established in December 2015 by Altman and Elon Musk. From the outset, the organization’s core objective was to make sure AI benefits everyone, a mission that the board remains committed to even with the changes in leadership. In 2019, OpenAI underwent a restructuring to enable it to raise capital while keeping its mission, governance, and oversight intact.
Altman’s departure from OpenAI
Although the exact reasons for Altman’s departure are not entirely clear, he acknowledged his exit in a concise tweet, affirming that he enjoyed his time at OpenAI.
OpenAI’s current standing
As of the start of this year, OpenAI had a workforce of about 400 people. The company’s value presently stands at billion.