The co-founder and president of OpenAI abruptly quit late Friday following the shocking firing of CEO Sam Altman just hours earlier. Greg Brockman, the OpenAI president, announced his resignation on Twitter, stating, “We’ve been through tough & great times together, accomplishing so much despite all the reasons it should have been impossible. But based on today’s news, I quit.” The termination of Altman by OpenAI’s board raised questions due to a lack of details about his alleged lack of candor. OpenAI appointed Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati to take over as interim CEO following the shakeup, with Microsoft stating it would continue to work with OpenAI amid the transition.
The surprise firing of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and the subsequent resignation of president Greg Brockman has sent shockwaves through the company and the artificial intelligence industry as a whole. Altman, who had previously served as president of Y-Combinator and launched Loopt, played a central role in making OpenAI a leading force in AI. His departure leaves questions regarding the future of the company, especially as it forges ahead with major projects such as ChatGPT. Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, expressed commitment to its partnership with the company, while former Google CEO Eric Schmidt praised Altman as a “hero” for his accomplishments in advancing AI technology.
The abrupt leadership changes at OpenAI have rocked the field of artificial intelligence and left many wondering about the company’s future direction. The departure of Sam Altman and Greg Brockman represents a significant shift for OpenAI, which rose to prominence with major AI projects like ChatGPT. Microsoft has expressed its intention to continue collaborating with OpenAI, but the industry is closely watching what will be next for the company, which transitioned from nonprofit to for-profit status in 2019. All eyes will now be on the interim CEO Mira Murati as OpenAI moves forward.