Headline RoundupNovember 17th, 2023

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Ousted From Company by Board of Directors

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, was pushed out of the company on Friday by the board of directors.

Details: Mira Murati, previously the company’s chief technology officer, has been named interim chief executive officer. The launch of ChatGPT last year pushed artificial intelligence technology into the mainstream, sparking both excitement regarding the technology's capabilities and fear for its potential to disrupt sectors and replace human jobs. The market valuation of OpenAI, founded in 2015 as a nonprofit, is estimated to have tripled in the past year to more than $80 billion. In May, Altman testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, arguing that “regulatory intervention by governments will be critical to mitigate the risks of increasingly powerful models” of artificial intelligence.

Key Quotes: In a blog post from OpenAI, the company stated Altman’s departure “follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities. The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.” Following the announcement, Altman stated on social media, “i loved my time at openai. it was transformative for me personally, and hopefully the world a little bit. most of all i loved working with such talented people. will have more to say about what’s next later.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered Altman’s departure prominently, consistently framing it as an unexpected development.

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