Sam Altman could return as the CEO of OpenAI. The Board that fired Sam could all step down. The Board does not have the support of the investors or the employees.
This just keeps getting wilder and wilder?
OpenAI’s board is in talks with Sam Altman to bring him BACK as CEO?!?https://t.co/zNG4AuWiMs
— Matt Wolfe (@mreflow) November 18, 2023
Verge reports that a source close to Altman says the board had agreed in principle to resign and to allow Altman and Brockman to return, but has since waffled — missing a key 5PM PT deadline by which many OpenAI staffers were set to resign. If Altman decides to leave and start a new company, those staffers would assuredly go with him.
OpenAI’s largest investor, Microsoft, said in a statement shortly after Altman’s firing that the company “remains committed” to its partnership with the AI firm. However, OpenAI’s investors weren’t given advance warning or opportunity to weigh in on the board’s decision to remove Altman.
OpenAI’s current board consists of chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, former GeoSim Systems CEO Tasha McCauley, and Helen Toner, the director of strategy at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
Ilya Sutskever was instrumental in the ousting of Altman this week. His role in the coup suggests a power struggle between the research and product sides of OpenAI.
Previously, some key OpenAI researchers left to form Anthropic, another major AI company.
The end of this fight will be a split OpenAI.
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