The developer of the popular AI chatbot OpenAI has surprisingly fired his boss Sam Altman. The background would have been Altman’s “not always honest” communication with the board of directors. Therefore, the 38-year-old’s confidence was revoked.
According to the information, former OpenAI technology boss Mira Murati will lead the company on an interim basis with immediate effect. The search for a new boss is in full swing.
OpenAI was initially founded in 2015 as a non-profit company. However, in 2019, a restructuring meant that limited profits could be generated. The software giant Microsoft also initially invested $1 billion in OpenAI in the same year.
First published about a year ago
The company caused a stir about a year ago with the introduction of ChatGPT. The program is known to be able to generate essays, poems or conversations from very short prompts using artificial intelligence (AI). ChatGPT suddenly made a large audience aware of the possibilities of AI.
Who is Sam Altman?
Altman, who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, had already made a name for himself in Silicon Valley before gaining worldwide fame with ChatGPT. The American studied computer science at California’s Stanford University, but dropped out and founded the app Loopt, which allowed users to share their location with friends and relatives.
He later joined the startup incubator Y Combinator, which helped launch successful companies such as the housing broker Airbnb and the food delivery service DoorDash. In 2014, Altman became head of Y Combinator. Five years later, he left the position to focus more on OpenAI.
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