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download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. The Open AI probe was launched in December, a few weeks after the board announced Altman's shocking departure and reinstatement. The company formed a special committee that hired WilmerHale to conduct a probe of the events surrounding Altman's sudden firing. AdvertisementDetails of Altman's strained relationship with OpenAI's former board members and employees were known days after the CEO was booted from the company. AdvertisementThe latest Times report from Thursday revealed that Mira Murati, OpenAI's chief technology officer, was instrumental in Sam Altman's ousting.
Persons: , Sam Altman, WilmerHale, Altman, ChatGPT, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Larry Summers, Bret Taylor, Sue Desmond, Hellmann, Melinda Gates, Nicole Seligman, Fidji Simo, Mira Murati, Sam Altman's, Murati, Ilya Organizations: Service, Business, New York Times, Melinda Gates Foundation, Sony, Times, OpenAI
OpenAI is reinstating CEO Sam Altman to its board of directors and said it has “full confidence” in his leadership after the conclusion of an outside investigation into the company's turmoil. After months of investigation, it found that Altman's ouster was a “consequence of a breakdown in the relationship and loss of trust” between him and the prior board, OpenAI said in a summary of the findings Friday. The investigation found the prior board acted within its discretion. “The review concluded there was a significant breakdown in trust between the prior board, and Sam and Greg,” Bret Taylor, the board’s chair, told reporters Friday. After it retained the law firm in December, OpenAI said WilmerHale conducted dozens of interviews with the company’s prior board, current executives, advisers and other witnesses.
Persons: Sam Altman, Altman, OpenAI, Sue Desmond, Hellman, Melinda Gates, Nicole Seligman, Fidji Simo, “ I’m, ” Altman, he’s, , Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, , Greg Brockman, ” OpenAI, Brockman, Greg, ” Bret Taylor, Taylor, Microsoft —, Toner, McCauley, Ilya Sutskever, Sutskever, Ilya, Elon Musk, Larry Summers, Adam D’Angelo, WilmerHale, WilmerHale didn't, Musk, ” Taylor Organizations: Sony, San, OpenAI, Microsoft, Georgetown University, RAND Corporation, Facebook, Elon, U.S ., Associated Press Locations: San Francisco, U.S
CEO Sam Altman will be reinstated to OpenAI's board of directors. Bret Taylor, chair of OpenAI's board, said members "unanimously concluded" Altman is right to lead the company. The AI startup will also bring on three additional new board members, the company announced. AdvertisementOpenAI CEO Sam Altman is set to return to OpenAI's board of directors, the company announced Friday. "We have unanimously concluded that Sam and Greg are the right leaders for OpenAI," Bret Taylor, chair of the OpenAI board, said in a statement released Friday.
Persons: Sam Altman, Bret Taylor, Altman, , Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Sam, Greg, Toner, McCauly, Sutskever, Elon Musk, OpenAI, Melinda Gates, Sue Desmond, Hellman, Nicole Seligman, Fidji Simo Organizations: Service, OpenAI, Elon, Melinda Gates Foundation, Sony Entertainment, Business Locations: OpenAI, xAI
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, attends the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 18, 2024. OpenAI on Friday announced its new board and the wrap-up of an internal investigation by U.S. law firm WilmerHale into the events leading up to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's ouster. Sam Altman will also rejoin OpenAI's board. "We have unanimously concluded that Sam and Greg are the right leaders for OpenAI," Bret Taylor, chair of OpenAI's board, said in a release. Since then, OpenAI has announced new board members, including former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
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That's from the nonprofit parent's 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service, a form that has to be filled out by organizations wishing to maintain their tax-exempt status. Thad Calabrese, a professor of public and nonprofit financial management at New York University, said OpenAI's current status is confusing, and is unlike anything he has seen in the nonprofit world. He said OpenAI could give up its nonprofit status, and he cited the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which in 1994 allowed associated nonprofit medical insurance plans to switch into for-profit entities. An OpenAI spokesperson didn't respond to a question about whether the organization is considering giving up its nonprofit status. Unlike OpenAI, Mozilla never raised money from venture and corporate investors, who expect returns on their investments.
Persons: Sam Altman, OpenAI's financials, OpenAI, That's, PlainSite, Altman, Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, Ilya Sutskever, Thad Calabrese, Calabrese, didn't, Mark Surman, Surman, Altman's, hasn't, Bret Taylor Organizations: Internal Revenue Service, CNBC, New York University, Shield Association, Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Corporation, Mozilla, Microsoft, Duke University Locations: California
Read previewSam Altman's brief ousting as OpenAI CEO didn't just thrust the company further into the global spotlight amid reported personality clashes. It's also highlighted a bigger ethical debate in Silicon Valley: how fast companies should move when pushing out AI technology. Broadly speaking, the debate lies in whether you think that moving full-speed ahead on AI technology will save the world or you think the industry needs to slow down. One key Silicon Valley backer of the idea is veteran venture capitalist Marc Andreessen . His advice to Silicon Valley: "I would encourage any watchers of the industry to not get stuck in a divisive set of rhetoric."
Persons: , Sam Altman's, didn't, It's, Altman, he's, you've, Marc Andreessen, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Sam Bankman, Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, Toner, McCauley, Altman's, EAs —, Sriram Krishnan, Andreessen Horowitz, — Sriram Krishnan, Gaurab Bansal Organizations: Service, Business, acc, EA, Elon, Wall Street Journal, EAs, Labs, US Department of Commerce, Innovation Labs Locations: Silicon Valley, Silicon
Former OpenAI board member Helen Toner has announced her resignation. Toner said that the board wasn't trying to slow down OpenAI's work by firing CEO Sam Altman. AdvertisementFormer OpenAI board member Helen Toner says the board wasn't trying to stifle the company's progress by removing CEO Sam Altman. Though there has been speculation, we were not motivated by a desire to slow down OpenAI’s work. AdvertisementAside from bringing back Altman, OpenAI welcomed a new initial board comprising Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo.
Persons: Helen Toner, Toner, Sam Altman, Altman, , wasn't, OpenAI, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D'Angelo, Taylor, Tasha McCauley, Ilya Sutskever . Organizations: Service, Georgetown University's Center for Security, Emerging Technology, Microsoft, Business Insider Locations: OpenAI's
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsNov 29 (Reuters) - Microsoft will take a non-voting, observer position on OpenAI's board, CEO Sam Altman said in his first official missive after taking back the reins of the company on Wednesday. The observer position means Microsoft's representative can attend OpenAI's board meetings and access confidential information, but it does not have voting rights on matters including electing or choosing directors. The new OpenAI board is on an active search for six new members with expertise in fields from technology to safety and policy. OpenAI's chief scientist Ilya Sutskever will no longer be part of the board, Altman said. Apart from Altman, Brockman, Sutskever, D'Angelo, OpenAI's previous board consisted of entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, director of strategy at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Sam Altman, Satya Nadella, Altman, OpenAI, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D'Angelo, Mira Murati, Greg Brockman, Greg, Ilya Sutskever, Sutskever, Ilya, Brockman, D'Angelo, OpenAI's, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Akanksha, Krystal Hu, Sayantani Ghosh, Stephen Coates Organizations: REUTERS, Microsoft, U.S . Treasury, Reuters, Georgetown's Center for Security, Emerging Technology, Thomson Locations: OpenAI, Bengaluru, New York, San Francisco
After Sam Altman's ouster, many are wondering why OpenAI board members booted him. Bedrock Capital's founder, an OpenAI investor, is more concerned with a board member's background. Geoff Lewis said, without offering evidence, he thinks an ex-board member's ties to China should be examined. Instead of debating Toner's reason to oust Altman, Lewis said the "right set of questions" should be aimed at her background. AdvertisementToner, along with Tasha McCauley, the only two female board members of OpenAI, were removed from the board following their votes to vacate Altman from his role as CEO.
Persons: Sam Altman's, Geoff Lewis, , Sam Altman, Altman, Helen Toner, Lewis, Toner, CNBC's Rebecca Quick, Tasha McCauley Organizations: Service, Chinese Communist Party, CNBC, Oxford University's Center, Twitter, US Social, Foreign Affairs, Bedrock, Business, The New York Times, Microsoft Locations: China, OpenAI, Beijing
CNBC Daily Open: A Thanksgiving lull
  + stars: | 2023-11-23 | by ( Yeo Boon Ping | )   time to read: +2 min
This report is from today's CNBC Daily Open, our new, international markets newsletter. CNBC Daily Open brings investors up to speed on everything they need to know, no matter where they are. Last burst before a breakU.S. stocks ended Wednesday in positive territory before going on break today for Thanksgiving. Jack Ma pauses plansAlibaba founder Jack Ma is pausing his plans to sell Alibaba shares. Last week, regulator filings revealed Ma was looking to sell around $870 million worth of Alibaba shares.
Persons: Treasurys, Europe's, Jeremy Hunt, Altman's, Sam Altman, Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, Ilya Sutskever —, Altman, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D'Angelo, Nansen, hasn't, Changpeng Zhao, Jack Ma, Ma, Alibaba Organizations: New York Stock Exchange, CNBC, Finance, U.S, Treasury Locations: New York City, U.S
"i'm looking forward to returning to openai," Altman said in a post on the X social media platform late on Tuesday. Sam Altman attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 16, 2023. OpenAI's previous board consisted of Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner and OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever and Quora CEO D'Angelo, who is part of the revamped board. In a post on X on Tuesday, Shear said he worked "~72 very intense hours" to bring stability - and ultimately Altman - back to OpenAI. When he was out of a job, CEO Nadella said Altman could head a new research team alongside Brockman and other colleagues departing from OpenAI.
Persons: Bret Taylor, Brockman, FRANCISCO, Sam Altman, OpenAI, Larry Summers, Adam D'Angelo, D'Angelo, Altman, Danni Hewson, AJ Bell's, Satya Nadella, Kyle Rodda, Carlos Barria, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, Steve Jobs, Greg Brockman, Sunday Altman, Emmett Shear, Shear, Nadella, Jeffrey Dastin, Aditya Soni, Shivani Tanna, Bansari, Dhanya Ann Thoppil, Nivedita Bhattacharjee, Sam Holmes, Jane Merriman Organizations: U.S . Treasury, Microsoft, Economic Cooperation, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Thomson Locations: openai, U.S, OpenAI, Asia, San Francisco , California, Valley, San Francisco, Bengaluru
OpenAI’s Cast of Characters
  + stars: | 2023-11-22 | by ( Jennifer Korn | Paul Glader | )   time to read: +12 min
Before OpenAI, Altman was president of Y Combinator, mentoring a host of founders and expanding his network in Silicon Valley. “We are encouraged by the changes to the OpenAI board,” he wrote on X on Wednesday. Mira MuratiNamed by the OpenAI board as Altman’s interim successor on Friday, Murati was replaced by Shear before the weekend was done. In September, she joined the board of directors of Shield AI, a defense technology company building AI pilot technology for aircraft. Will HurdAfter joining the OpenAI board in 2021, Hurd was the third director to exit in 2023.
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Jack Guez | Afp | Getty ImagesAfter a weekend of crisis and tumult, Sam Altman has returned as the CEO of OpenAI. Nathan Laine | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesBret Taylor, board chair Bret Taylor is currently a board member at the e-commerce platform Shopify . It isn't clear if Taylor's involvement with his own AI startup will cease with his appointment to lead OpenAI's board. OpenAI's board fired Altman Friday after determining he was "not consistently candid in his communications," but its members never elaborated further. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty ImagesIlya Sutskever Ilya Sutskever co-founded OpenAI and serves as its chief scientist.
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[1/3] Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, arrives for a bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) Insight Forum for all U.S. senators hosted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2023. "Altman seems awfully powerful and it is unclear that any board would be able to oversee him. The board fired Altman last week with little explanation and attempted to move on by naming an interim CEO twice. "The fact that Summers and Taylor will join OpenAI is quite extraordinary and marks a dramatic reversal of fortunes in the company," Valle said. Sutskever, Altman and Taylor could not be immediately reached for comment.
Persons: Sam Altman, OpenAI, Chuck Schumer, Craig Hudson, Sam Altman's, Altman, Mak Yuen Teen, " Altman, Beatriz Valle, Bret Taylor, Salesforce, Larry Summers, Summers, Taylor, Valle, Jack Dorsey's, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Sutskever, Sam, Gartner, Jason Wong, Aditya Soni, Mark Porter Organizations: Intelligence, Senate, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Microsoft, National University of Singapore Business School, Wall, Elon Musk's, Twitter, ., Harvard, Democratic, OpenAI, Georgetown's Center for Security, Emerging Technology, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Bengaluru
The ousting of Sam Altman by most of OpenAI's board members appears to have badly backfired. AdvertisementThe dramatic coup by most of OpenAI's board members seems to have epically backfired. Their master plan to topple Sam Altman has failed – and it's cost them their seat at the table. Less than a week after the board pushed him out as CEO, Altman is boomeranging back to the company. His fellow previous board members were Greg Brockman, who was also chair; Ilya Sutskever, Tasha McCauley; Helen Toner; and Altman.
Persons: Sam Altman, Adam D'Angelo, OpenAI, D'Angelo, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, , Altman, he'll, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, McCauley, Toner, Mira Murati, Emmett Shear, Sutskever, Kali Hays Organizations: Service, Microsoft Locations: OpenAI
Overnight, OpenAI announced that it had an “agreement in principle” to reinstall Sam Altman as C.E.O., while the board members who pushed him out are departing. The news was greeted rapturously by the ChatGPT creator’s employees, most of whom had threatened to quit and join Altman at Microsoft. Altman and those focused more on commercializing the technology came out ahead of those worried about its apocalyptic potential. Gone are Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner and Ilya Sutskever, three of the four directors who ousted Altman. That board will help select a bigger permanent one, according to The Verge, which may include representation for Microsoft, OpenAI’s biggest investor.
Persons: OpenAI, Sam Altman, Altman, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D’Angelo, Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s, Organizations: Microsoft, Treasury Locations: Silicon
OpenAI announced a new male-dominated board after Sam Altman won the battle to return as CEO. 'Please, more representation and balance'The departure of Toner and McCauley has put the makeup of OpenAI's new board in the spotlight. Emily Bell, a founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, wrote in a post on X : "OpenAI fires women on the board — board chair who oversaw fuck up stays." Tom Williams/Getty ImagesOne of OpenAI's main rivals also weighed in on the lack of diversity on the new board. Within the private sector, research from Crunchbase in 2022 showed that women held 16% of board seats among more than 660 companies they analyzed.
Persons: OpenAI, Sam Altman, Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, Adam D'Angelo, , Sam Altman's, Bret Taylor —, Larry Summers, D'Angelo, Ilya Sutskever, Altman, Toner, McCauley, Emily Bell, Summers, Jeffrey Epstein, Bell, Tom Williams, Bret, Taylor, Emad Mostaque, Vinod Khosla, OpenAI's, Angela Hoover, Andi Organizations: Service, Microsoft, Tow Center, Digital Journalism, Deloitte, Alliance for Board Diversity, Fortune, New York Times Locations: Crunchbase, San Francisco
OpenAI's venture capital investors weren't thinking about its mission to serve "humanity" by developing artificial intelligence. After Altman's ouster, Vinod Khosla, an early investor in OpenAI, came to his defense despite the criticism. OpenAI's complex and unique corporate governance structure meant that VCs could invest in the capped profit entity, but never earn any influence over the nonprofit board of directors, all of whom were either cofounders or appointed outside AI experts. The board structure and its governance are all likely to change as part of the deal to bring Sam Altman back as CEO of OpenAI. The purpose of the newly formed OpenAI board – consisting of current board member D'Angelo, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor – is to vet and potentially appoint an expanded board of up to nine people, and that Microsoft and Altman want board seats, The Verge reported.
Persons: Sam Altman, OpenAI, Altman, VCs, Sam, Altman's, Vinod Khosla, Yunus, Khosla, Wesley Chan, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Tasha McCauley, who's, Joseph Gordon, Levitt, Helen Toner, Adam D'Angelo, Karthee Madasamy, it's, David Sacks, D'Angelo, Larry Summers, Bret Taylor – Organizations: Business, Tiger Global Management, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Microsoft, FPV Ventures, Rand Corporation, Georgetown's Center for Security, Emerging Technology, MFV Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Ikea, Bosch, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Bertelsmann Foundation, Carlsberg Foundation, Craft Ventures Locations: OpenAI, Silicon Valley, Hollywood
Sam Altman is set to return to OpenAI, with a new board in place, the company announced Wednesday. Former board members Ilya Sutskever, Helen Toner, and Tasha McCauley are out. AdvertisementSam Altman is set to return to OpenAI with a new board that includes Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo, the company announced in an X post Wednesday. We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo. — OpenAI (@OpenAI) November 22, 2023The shakeup sees the departure of former board members Ilya Sutskever, Helen Toner, and Tasha McCauley.
Persons: Sam Altman, Larry Summers, Bret Taylor, Adam D'Angelo, Ilya Sutskever, Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, , OpenAI, Greg Brockman, Altman, they've, Bret Taylor Taylor, Taylor, Clay Bavor, who'd, Larry Summers Larry Summers, He's, @LaurenceParisot, aLKph9WEla — Lawrence H, Summers, Adam D'Angelo D'Angelo, D'Angelo, Kara Swisher, Emmett Shear, Quora, Poe Organizations: Service, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elon, Google Labs, LinkedIn, Harvard, Bloomberg, GZERO Media Locations: Salesforce, Paris
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott on Tuesday offered to match compensation for the hundreds of employees at OpenAI who are threatening to resign following Sam Altman's sudden ouster as CEO. "Know that if needed, you have a role at Microsoft that matches your compensation and advances our collective mission." But, the comment gives some clarity to what Microsoft is willing to pay employees and how many it would hire. Early Monday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Altman, Greg Brockman, who resigned as OpenAI's president, and their colleagues would join Microsoft as part of a new AI research group. More than 600 OpenAI employees then signed a letter to the company's board and threatened to join their former boss at Microsoft unless the members resigned.
Persons: Kevin Scott, Sam Altman's, Sam Altman, Scott, Altman, Satya Nadella, Greg Brockman, Nadella, Brockman, OpenAI, Emmett Shear, Ilya Sutskever —, — Adam D'Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Sutskever, Jordan Novet Organizations: Research, Microsoft, CNBC Locations: OpenAI
While OpenAI later transitioned to a for-profit model, its controlling shareholder remains the nonprofit OpenAI Inc. and its board of directors. This unique structure made it possible for four OpenAI board members — the company's chief scientist, two outside tech entrepreneurs and an academic — to oust CEO Sam Altman on Friday. When it was founded, OpenAI’s original board co-chairs were Altman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk recently launched his own AI startup, xAI, to compete with OpenAI, Microsoft and Google, among others. OpenAI's board members have not responded to requests for comment.
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OpenAI's board of directors fired Sam Altman, the man behind ChatGPT, in a shock move on Friday. OpenAI's board announced Friday that Altman is out saying it "no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI." The board consisted of six people including OpenAI's president and cofounder Greg Brockman, OpenAI's chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner and Sam Altman himself. He pointed out that even CEOs are "at-will employees," at US companies, but that OpenAI's board "behaved like a bunch of kids" and "erratically" in this instance. Most of OpenAI's board members don't own shares in the company, including Sam Altman himself who chose not to take any equity in, which ultimately limited his power and influence.
Persons: Sam Altman, ChatGPT, OpenAI's, , Altman, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Brockman, John Bates, It's, they've, Satya Nadella, Kara Swisher's, Bates, Marissa Mayer, X, Mayer, Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, what's Organizations: Microsoft, Service, Cambridge University, Google, Meta Locations: British
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 16, 2023. Talks are happening between Altman and at least one board member, Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo, the report said. Altman could return as a director on a transitional board and the talks also involve some investors of the artificial intelligence startup. But things appeared fluid, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told media on Monday "irrespective of where Sam is, he's working with Microsoft" and that governance at OpenAI needed to change. Other than Quora's D'Angelo, OpenAI's four-person board consisted of Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner and OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever as of Friday.
Persons: Sam Altman, Carlos Barria, Altman, Adam D'Angelo, Greg Brockman, Satya Nadella, Sam, Brockman, Nadella, Emmett Shear, Quora's D'Angelo, OpenAI's, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, Akash Sriram, Chavi Mehta, Devika Syamnath, Arun Koyyur Organizations: OpenAI, Economic Cooperation, REUTERS, Microsoft, Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Asia, San Francisco , California, U.S, OpenAI, Bengaluru
In a letter obtained by CNN, the more than 500 employees accused the OpenAI board of mishandling Altman’s firing, failing to provide sufficient evidence for claims that Altman had not been candid with the board, and “negotiating in bad faith” with the company’s executive leadership. “Your actions have made it obvious that you are incapable of overseeing OpenAI,” wrote the employees. Murati’s promotion has since been superseded by the appointment of incoming interim CEO Emmett Shear, the 40-year-old co-founder of the livestreaming company Twitch. “Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAI employees,” the letter added. After Sutskever posted his message to X, Altman amplified the apology by quote-posting it.
Persons: Sam Altman, Altman, , , reinstates Altman, Greg Brockman, Mira Murati, Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s, Murati’s, Emmett Shear, Sutskever, we’ve, Adam D’Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Altman’s Organizations: CNN, Microsoft, Georgetown University’s Center for Security, Emerging Technology Locations: OpenAI
The board of directors of OpenAI, the high-flying artificial intelligence start-up, said in a note to employees on Sunday night that its former chief, Sam Altman, would not be returning to his job, while naming his second interim replacement in two days. Emmett Shear, the former chief executive of Twitch, will replace Mira Murati as interim chief executive of OpenAI, the board said. Ms. Murati, a longtime OpenAI executive, had been appointed to that role after Mr. Altman’s ouster on Friday. The board said Mr. Shear has a “unique mix of skills, expertise and relationships that will drive OpenAI forward,” according to the memo viewed by The New York Times. It was signed by each of the four directors on the company’s board; Adam D’Angelo, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, and Tasha McCauley.
Persons: Sam Altman, Emmett Shear, Twitch, Mira Murati, Murati, Altman’s, Shear, , Adam D’Angelo, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, Tasha McCauley, Organizations: OpenAI, The New York Times
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