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Behind the scenes in Sam Altman’s exit from OpenAI finally revealed

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Sam Altman was fired from OpenAI over strategic decisions and board openness. Altman apologized for misrepresenting board opinions, but the board was concerned about the cause. The situation is being investigated independently to better AI development and governance.

The current article states that OpenAI removed Sam Altman due to concerns regarding his strategic decisions and board openness.

Altman, a potential CEO, sought to publicly apologize for misrepresenting board members’ views during director removal discussions. However, the board worried that apologizing for one instance would indicate that was the only cause for his removal. Altman’s departure is under investigated by an independent body.

“We await the board’s independent review. “Our main focus is developing and releasing useful and safe AI and supporting the new board as they improve our governance structure,” an OpenAI spokeswoman said.

Earlier in the fall, board members discussed Altman’s possible departure due to OpenAI senior executives’ transparency concerns. The old board excluded Microsoft from decision-making after voting to fire Altman as CEO.

Microsoft, which owns 49% of OpenAI, including Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, was surprised by Altman’s ouster. After recovering from the shock, Nadella asked OpenAI board member Adam D’Angelo for specifics.

The new OpenAI board, led by Bret Taylor and includes Larry Summers and Adam D’Angelo, is conducting an independent assessment to better understand the situation. Development of safe and useful AI and governance improvements remain priorities.

Some in Microsoft called Altman’s firing “mind-bogglingly stupid” and worried about ChatGPT development.

Conclusion

Due to board transparency concerns and strategic decisions, OpenAI’s Sam Altman was removed from leadership. Altman apologized for misrepresenting board members’ views during director removal negotiations, but the board worried it meant dismissal. Altman’s departure is under investigated by an independent body. OpenAI’s main emphasis is building useful and safe AI and helping the new board improve governance. Microsoft, a big OpenAI investor with a 49% interest, was surprised by Altman’s ouster. The new board, chaired by Bret Taylor and featuring Larry Summers and Adam D’Angelo, is conducting an independent study to understand the situation. Some employees called Microsoft’s Altman firing response “mind-bogglingly stupid”.

Newsdesk

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