The Morning After: Microsoft recruits not too long ago fired OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman

OpenAI’s board of administrators introduced Friday it had fired CEO Sam Altman. However he’s doing okay. By Monday morning, he had joined Microsoft “to steer a brand new superior AI analysis crew,” in line with the corporate.

Altman cofounded OpenAI with Elon Musk in 2015 as a nonprofit and served because the CEO for the for-profit arm since 2019. He was initially fired from OpenAI over “a breakdown in communication between Sam and the board,” in line with an inside employees memo. A number of key members additionally resigned, together with co-founder Greg Brockman (who will now additionally be a part of Microsoft) together with just a few senior researchers. “Dozens” of OpenAI workers reportedly introduced internally they’d be quitting too, with some expressing curiosity in becoming a member of a possible new Altman startup.

In line with Bloomberg, the board had reportedly thought of reversing Altman’s firing, although the ousted exec wished the prevailing board to resign and concern a public apology — and I totally endorse all this drama, if true.

The corporate didn’t apologize, nevertheless.

— Mat Smith

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