About a year ago, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT to our lives. Despite its enormous success, OpenAI’s CEO feared that AI could spiral out of control and become a problem for humanity. This has not yet happened, but Sam Altman, the former CEO, was fired and will not return to OpenAI, which has named Twitch’s co-founder as the new interim CEO.
Before ChatGPT, generative AI was gaining popularity thanks to tools like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and Dall-E. Although it was impressive that AI could create images quickly and accurately, its uses were limited. ChatGPT, however, met the need for an AI tool that could adapt to most people’s needs, allowing users to ask questions, receive answers, and even order tasks to be performed.
Sam Altman Dismissed from OpenAI, Emmett Shear to Become New CEO
OpenAI was set to become one of the most relevant companies in the industry, and ChatGPT’s future was promising. However, OpenAI’s board recently decided to remove Altman as CEO. For the board members, terminating Altman was the only way to achieve the company’s goal of creating a broadly beneficial Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
Following Altman’s dismissal, chairman Greg Brockman and three senior researchers resigned as well. Mira Murati initially stepped in as interim CEO, but she was quickly dismissed as she publicly aligned with Altman. In the end, OpenAI named Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear CEO.
Sam Altman planned to launch a new AI company
OpenAI dealt with three CEOs within just three days, indicating the company’s turmoil. On Saturday, the remaining board members wanted to reinstate Altman and Brockman as cofounders. However, this did not happen, and despite employee support, Altman would not return as CEO for the time being.
Now that the storm has passed, Altman has mentioned that he is considering both returning to OpenAI and launching a new AI company. It is too early to reveal the entrepreneur’s plans. Amidst this confusion, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella must be puzzled about Altman’s dismissal as Microsoft owns 49% of OpenAI, and its multimillion-dollar investment enabled collaboration and AI integration into Microsoft products and the Office suite.
Microsoft decides to hire Altman and Brockman
Despite everything that has happened, Microsoft announced it will continue to work closely with OpenAI and its new CEO, Emmet Shear. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hired both Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to lead a new advanced AI research team, indicating their commitment to their partnership with OpenAI and their product roadmap and innovations announced at Microsoft Ignite.