Sam Altman returns as CEO of OpenAI days after being fired

Dismissed boss OpenAIresponsible company ChatGPThas returned to the company that fired him late last week after a power struggle that shocked the tech industry and highlighted conflicts over how to safely build artificial intelligence.

“We have reached a tentative agreement with Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new original board.”San Francisco-based OpenAI said in a statement.

The board that will replace the one that fired Altman on Friday will be led by former co-CEO Bret Taylor, who also chaired Twitter’s board before it was acquired by Elon Musk last year. Other members will include former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo.

The previous board, which included D’Angelo, declined to give specific reasons for Altman’s firing, leading to internal conflict at the company over the weekend and mounting pressure from the startup’s investors.

ChatGPT is a generative artificial intelligence system, a technology that allows you to generate text, images or other content in response to user requests. Altman has become the face of these models since ChatGPT became popular a year ago, and the chaos has highlighted differences between executives and board members who have expressed serious concerns about the security risks posed by artificial intelligence as it evolves.

Microsoft, which has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and has the rights to its existing technology, quickly hired Altman on Monday, as well as another co-founder and former president, Greg Brockman, who resigned in protest at Altman’s ouster. . This sparked a threatened exodus of nearly all of the company’s 770 employees, who signed a letter calling for the resignation of the board and Altman’s return.

One of the four board members involved in Altman’s dismissal, OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, later expressed remorse and joined a campaign calling for the board’s resignation.

Microsoft has promised in recent days to welcome any employees who want to follow Altman and Brockman into the software giant’s new artificial intelligence research unit. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also made clear in a series of interviews Monday that he remains open to the possibility of Altman returning to OpenAI as long as the company’s governance issues are resolved.

“We are encouraged by the changes to OpenAI’s board of directors,” Nadella wrote later Tuesday on X. “We believe this is a necessary first step toward more stable, informed and effective governance.”

Altman said in his own post that “with Satya’s new board and support, I look forward to returning to OpenAI and cementing our strong partnership with (Microsoft).

Co-founded by Altman as a non-profit with a mission to safely build artificial general intelligence that surpasses the human mind and benefits humanity, OpenAI later became for-profit but was still governed by the previous board of directors. It was not clear whether the board structure would change with the new members.

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