According to media reports, the ousted co-founder and boss of the chat GPT developer company Open AI will not return Sam Altman. After hours of negotiations over the weekend, the employees were instead presented with another interim boss, according to the industry service The Information and the Financial Times to report. It is therefore the co-founder and long-time boss of the gaming-focused streaming service Twitch, Emmett Shear.
Funders of Open AI such as Microsoft had previously urged this according to media reportsto reinstate Altman, who was sacked on Friday, as boss. But the board of directors that made this decision stood firm. He even removed the interim boss Mira Murati, who was only appointed on Friday, from office and who is said to have sided with Altman in the meantime.
According to media reports, a dispute over direction at Open AI led to Altman’s departure. Some leaders, such as technology chief Ilya Sutskever, believed that Altman was bringing artificial intelligence software to market too quickly and with too commercial an approach. They got the majority of the board of directors on their side.
Open AI was founded in 2015 as a non-profit organization with the mission to artificial intelligence to develop in the interest of the general public. However, when it became clear that donations would not raise the necessary billions in investments, a for-profit company was formed with Altman at the helm. Among other things, he brought Microsoft on board as a major investor, thereby securing Open AI’s access to the necessary computing power. However, the conflict between the two approaches became ever deeper.
The chatbot Chat-GPT can formulate sentences at the linguistic level of a human. Its publication around a year ago sparked AI hype. Open AI has thus become a pioneer in the technology. Microsoft entered into a multi-billion dollar pact with the company to bring its technology into the company’s products. Other tech heavyweights such as Google, Amazon and the Facebook group Meta presented competing software.