OpenAI’s board of directors announced late Friday that it has removed CEO Sam Altman from his position, temporarily replacing him with chief technology officer Mira Moratti.
The Board of Directors justified the unexpected change in management by saying that “the CEO was not always honest in his communication with the Board of Directors, which hindered the Board of Directors from exercising its duties.” Rumors surfaced over the weekend that Altman would be invited back to the company, but CNBC learned this morning that former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will be tapped to lead the company.
The latest information is also confirmed by the words of Satya Nadella. The latest development in the story that has the entire tech world buzzing is that the head of Microsoft, which owns 49% of OpenAI, announced on the social media platform Leading a new advanced AI research group.
“We are committed to our partnership with OpenAI,” says Nadella. “We look forward to meeting and working with Emmett Shear and the new leadership team at OAI. We are very excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will be joining Microsoft with their colleagues to lead a new advanced AI research group.” We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources they need to succeed.”
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