According to foreign media reports, after Sam Altman, one of the founders of the American artificial intelligence startup OpenAI, was recently dismissed from his position as chief executive officer (CEO) by the board of directors, some company employees have expressed concerns about the development prospects.
OpenAI was founded in 2015 and developed ChatGPT, a very popular generative AI application. In Silicon Valley, Altman is seen as one of the leaders of the AI revolution. OpenAI announced on the 17th that it would immediately remove this “Silicon Valley star” from his position, and Chief Technology Officer Mira Mulati will serve as interim CEO. This shocked the entire American technology industry.
A statement from OpenAI’s board of directors mentioned the company’s mission to ensure that artificial intelligence will benefit everyone. The company said Altmann’s departure was the result of careful consideration by the board and that he had not been candid in his communications with the board, which affected the board’s ability to perform its duties. “The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”
The above statement added: “We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the founding and development of OpenAI.” But the company also said that moving forward requires new leadership.
Greg Brockman, one of the co-founders of OpenAI, also left the company’s board of directors during the reorganization on the 17th. He said that he had resigned. It is reported that several other company officials have also expressed plans to leave.
The New York Times reported that Ilya Suzkver, an expert in the AI field and a member of the board of directors of OpenAI, expressed growing concern about the possible security risks of OpenAI’s technology and believed that Altman may have underestimated this risk. risk.
The management turmoil has caused dissatisfaction among many OpenAI employees, who worry that a planned stock sale at a valuation of $86 billion will be adversely affected.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, OpenAI investors such as Microsoft and Thrive Capital are currently seeking to reinstate Altman. Microsoft and Thrive Capital are OpenAI’s two largest investors.
The Wall Street Journal said Altman, 38, is considering returning to the company but hopes to change the board of directors and the company’s governance structure. There are also media reports that Altmann may also launch a new AI startup.
According to CNBC, citing an unnamed source, Sequoia Capital, another investor in OpenAI, said it would support Altman and Brockman in whatever they choose to do next, whether it be returning to The company still creates a new startup.
In the past few years, the development of generative AI technology has been very promising in Silicon Valley. ChatGPT was launched at the end of last year and is favored by many users around the world.
Many industry experts believe that the debut of ChatGPT is a moment similar to “the emergence of the smartphone iPhone”, promoting changes in the interaction between people and computers. Altman is similar to the late Steve Jobs, the soul of Apple back then. Jobs clearly explained to the public the charm of personal computers and smartphones. Jobs was also fired from Apple’s board of directors.