The founder of ChatGPT and the face of OpenAI, artificial intelligence pioneer Sam Altman, had an unexpected turn in his career on Friday, November 17, when the OpenAI board decided to remove him from his roles as CEO and director.
The action, which was called shocking, was attributed to Altman’s alleged inconsistent communication style.
Even though Altman has made significant contributions to OpenAI—the company is currently valued at approximately $80 billion—the board stressed the significance of consistent leadership.
The specifics of the decision have not been disclosed, but the board expressed confidence that the business can succeed in Altman’s absence.
Altman is a well-known person in Silicon Valley who oversaw YCombinator (YC), a startup incubator. With his departure, OpenAI faces many obstacles, especially in its fundraising efforts.
Cutting-edge AI software development and upkeep are expensive and call for a talent pool of experienced engineers, which Altman has attracted.
The 38-year-old Altman recently attended an AI conference in San Francisco and spoke on a panel at the APEC forum with a top Meta executive, demonstrating his continued commitment to his work until the very end.
In a post on Elon Musk’s competitor platform X, Altman hinted at additional information about the future while expressing gratitude for working with talented people at OpenAI.