OpenAI CTO Mira Murati will serve as interim director.CEOOpenAI said it will begin searching for candidates to become its official CEO.
The news caught many employees by surprise, who learned about the leadership change through internal announcements and the company’s public blog.
OpenAI blog (Connection) said: “Altman’s resignation was a decision made after careful consideration. The Board of Directors believes that he was never forthcoming in his communications with the Board of Directors, which interfered with the Board of Directors’ ability to carry out its responsibilities.”
OpenAI chairman and co-founder Greg Brockman announced on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that as part of a leadership overhaul, he will step down as chairman and leave the company.
With funding from Microsoft, OpenAI released chatbot ChatGPT last November, sparking a craze for generative artificial intelligence (AI).
By learning from large amounts of data, generative AI autonomously generates new content, including text, speech, images, video, code, 3D model data, and more.
Following the launch of ChatGPT, regulators were asked to review the relevant specifications. The European Union has revised the Artificial Intelligence Law (AI Law is undefined), and the United States has also begun work on regulating artificial intelligence.
After OpenAI announced the news, Ultraman posted a response to X.
“I loved working at OpenAI,” Altman said. “Most importantly, I loved working with such talented people.”
“More news about my next steps later,” he wrote.
Mulati, who previously worked at Tesla, joined OpenAI in 2018 and later became the company’s CTO. She oversees product launches.
At an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon, Mulati tried to reassure employees and said OpenAI’s relationship with Microsoft was stable, a source told Reuters.
The impact of changes to OpenAI’s senior management will gradually emerge over time, but in the short term it could impact the company’s fundraising prospects.
Altman is considered a master fundraiser. He successfully negotiated billions of dollars in investment from Microsoft and led a public acquisition of the company this year that increased OpenAI’s valuation from $29 billion to $29 billion by more than $80 billion.
Responsible Editor: Ye Qiwei