It was an unthinkable decision the day before. The board of directors of OpenAI, the American company behind ChatGPT, has fired its general manager Sam Altman on Friday noon. Another co-founder of the start-up, Greg Brockman, was excluded from the board of directors of which he was chairman. He immediately resigned, along with several researchers. OpenAI CTO Mira Muti was tasked with leading the company during the transition period.
The only comparable precedent is probably Apple’s surprise ousting of Steve Jobs in 1985. According to Greg Brockman, he learned of the news a few minutes before the company published it of a press release in which he is criticized for his “lack of frankness in his dealings with the board of directors”, who would “no longer have confidence in his abilities to continue to lead OpenAI”. Sam Altman indicated on
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Still unknown last year, Sam Altman had established himself in a few months as the most media personality in the AI race. An atypical entrepreneur as well, as enthusiastic as he is worried about a technology which he constantly repeats must be quickly supervised by the public authorities. In any case, Sam Altman should not remain unemployed for long. The Minister Delegate for Digital, Jean-Noel Barrot, has already appealed to him to come and settle in France. “Sam Altman, his team and their talents are welcome if they wish in France where we are accelerating to put artificial intelligence at the service of the common good,” the minister wrote on X.
Since the first version of ChatGPT went online on November 30, 2022, millions of people have used it to write messages, ask for a cooking recipe or invent a story to tell their children – which the conversational robot can then read to them. Despite their success, ChatGPT and other interfaces of this type also raise serious concerns about the dangers for democracy (massive disinformation) or employment (replaced professions).