Earlier this month, Altman hosted the first OpenAI developer conference and announced a plan to create an app store for AI agents based on its technology. Altman was also seeking sovereign financing from the Middle East for the development of AI chips that would compete with those from Nvidia. according to Bloomberg. The information has previously been reported that Altman was exploring the possibility of developing AI-oriented hardware in collaboration with former Apple designer Johnny Ive with funding from Softbank.
Disagreements over the issue of prioritizing safe AI development previously led several prominent OpenAI researchers to leave the company and found anthropic competitor.
The development of OpenAI’s most powerful large language model, GPT-4, has sparked unprecedented debate about the potential for AI to advance beyond human control. In July, Sutskever became co-director of a “super-aligning group” at OpenAI, dedicated to producing “technical advances to direct and control AI systems much smarter than us.”
Speaking at the APEC CEO Summit in San Francisco last week, Altman indicated that the company had been making progress in developing a more powerful successor to GPT-4. “Four times in the history of OpenAI (most recently just in the last few weeks) I have been in the room when we peel back the veil of ignorance and advance the frontier of discovery,” he said. .
Many within the tech industry have spoken out to support Altman or criticize the OpenAI board of directors for their actions.
“What happened today at OpenAI is a board coup we haven’t seen since 1985, when Apple’s then-board of directors ousted Steve Jobs,” said angel investor Ron Conway. wrote in X. “It is shocking; is irresponsible; and it doesn’t work well for Sam and Greg or all the OpenAI developers.”
“Sam Altman is a hero to me,” Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google aware. “He built a company from scratch to a value of $90 billion and changed our collective world forever. I can’t wait to see what he does next.”
OpenAI announced that Altman would be replaced by Mira Muratiformerly CTO of OpenAI, serving as temporary CEO while the company searches for a permanent replacement.
Some OpenAI employees seemed to suggest that Murati had been the company’s de facto leader for some time.
“In the madness of ChatGPT formation, @miramurati “He was the one who made the final decisions in the daily meetings” Evan Morikawa, engineering manager at OpenAI wrote in X. “He has been leading this company for years and will continue to do incredible work here.”
Altman, who has little financial stake in OpenAI, turned to X in the hours after his dismissal to suggest he might reveal more about the circumstances of his departure. “If I start to get out of control, the OpenAi board of directors should go after me for the full value of my shares.” he wrote.