OpenAI’s board of directors decided to fire Sam Altman.
The primary reason cited for his removal was a lack of consistent candor in his communications with the board members.
This lack of candor was seen as hindering the board members’ ability to effectively exercise their responsibilities.
The firing was also related to issues concerning the security and profits of ChatGPT.
Many senior executives at OpenAI were reportedly unhappy with the company’s direction and future strategy, as well as with Altman.
Greg Brockman, OpenAI president and co-founder, who stepped down from the board as chairman as part of the management shuffle, quit the company.
OpenAI employees were concerned about the company’s rapid growth, which was fueled by multi-billion dollars of investments led by Microsoft.
The majority of OpenAI’s profits were reportedly going to Microsoft, which didn’t resonate well with some senior executives at OpenAI.
Altman had been openly critical of unregulated AI technologies, which some executives felt were “just accessories to appease politicians”.
Employees felt that Altman had only a superficial understanding of many topics and hardly cared about day-to-day business.
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