In an unexpected turn of events, the OpenAI board is considering reinstating Sam Altman as CEO just 24 hours after his abrupt dismissal. Altman, a pioneer in the field of generative AI and the driving force behind ChatGPT's development, was fired on Friday due to a purported "breakdown in communication" with the board.
Altman was back in talks with OpenAI executives on Saturday night. Investors are reportedly discussing damage control, including possibly pushing the board to restore Altman as CEO. Kholsa Ventures, an early backer of OpenAI, wants Altman back at OpenAI but 'will back him in whatever he does next.' Microsoft, which owns 49 percent of OpenAI, declined to comment.
Emotions ran high on Saturday as current and former employees were angered by Altman's sacking and worried over how an upcoming $86 billion share sale could be affected by the sudden management upheaval. Altman's removal was blamed on a breakdown in communication, but there are believed to have been tensions between him and board members over safety concerns, in particular with OpenAI’s chief scientist Ilya Sutskever.
Sutskever is believed to have held differences of opinion on the safety of AI, the speed at which the technology was developing and the commercialization of the firm, reports Bloomberg. After reviewing Altman's actions, on which it did not elaborate, the board said he was 'hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.'
Altman was said to be back in talks with OpenAI executives on Saturday night, during which time he tweeted: 'I love the OpenAI team so much.'
It is unclear if Altman will be reinstated as CEO, but the board is considering it. The company is also looking for a permanent replacement for Altman.
Impact on OpenAI
Altman's firing is a major blow to OpenAI, which is already facing a number of challenges. The company is facing increasing competition from other AI companies, and it is also under pressure to regulate its technology. The firing of Altman could also damage the company's reputation and make it more difficult to attract top talent.
The Future of OpenAI
It is too early to say what the future holds for OpenAI. The company is at a crossroads, and it is unclear which direction it will take. The reinstatement of Altman as CEO would be a major sign that the company is committed to its current direction. However, it is also possible that the company will take a different direction under new leadership.
Only time will tell what the future holds for OpenAI.