OpenAI Board's U-Turn: Will Sam Altman Return as CEO?



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

OpenAI Board's U-Turn: Will Sam Altman Return as CEO?
OpenAI Board's U-Turn: Will Sam Altman Return as CEO? © Getty Images News/Kevin Dietsch

One of the leading organizations in the field of artificial intelligence, CEO Sam Altman's abrupt dismissal last Friday has taken a surprising turn, with reports now suggesting a potential reversal of this decision. Multiple sources, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, have cited that the board, after reassessing the situation, is reconsidering their action and has extended an offer for Altman to return to his position.

This development could represent a dramatic twist in what is already being viewed as one of Silicon Valley's most unexpected leadership changes. The decision's reversal would significantly impact the control and direction of AI technology, a field regarded as crucial for the future.

The Firing Unfolds

The details of Altman's firing, as recounted by co-founder and former president Greg Brockman on X (formerly known as Twitter), paint a picture of a rapid and unexpected change. Brockman described the events leading up to the firing, starting with a text message sent to Altman from Ilya Sutskever, another co-founder and the chief scientist at OpenAI.

This message summoned Altman to a meeting where he was abruptly informed of his termination, a decision that was swiftly made public. Brockman himself faced a demotion, being removed from the board while being reassured of his vital role within the company.

This news was followed by Brockman's decision to leave OpenAI, a choice he announced shortly after learning of his changed status.

Moving Forward Amidst Uncertainty

The evening of his firing, Altman reflected on his time at OpenAI through a post on X, expressing gratitude for his experiences and hinting at future plans.

His statement included a candid remark about the potential repercussions he could face from the OpenAI board. Brockman's subsequent post suggested that despite the upheaval, both he and Altman are poised to move forward, hinting at "greater things coming soon." This sentiment indicates a resilience and determination to continue contributing to the AI field, regardless of their roles at OpenAI.