OpenAI CEO suddenly firedBack
Last Friday, the co-founder and current director of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, was unexpectedly fired by the company's management. Reportedly, part of the board felt that CEO Sam Altman wanted to speed up building artificial intelligence software too fast. Moreover, he would not have been frank in his communication with the board. But the board does not mention any examples and Altman himself is also vague about his departure.
The unrest at the company has now increased considerably. There is fierce criticism from investors, including major shareholder Microsoft, and from employees, and attempts are being made to bring Altman back. Altman was the face of OpenAI and is seen as one of the pacesetters in the artificial intelligence revolution.
New company in AI?
Altman is now said to be considering starting a new artificial intelligence company, bringing with him several key OpenAI employees.
The timing also causes unrest among employees and investors: OpenAI would go public with an expected value of around $86 billion. Altman's forced departure could cause the company's value to drop significantly, and Microsoft, with 49 percent of the shares, is not happy about this.
In addition, OpenAI also announced that another co-founder is stepping down as chairman of the board of directors. He will remain active within the company.
Altman founded OpenAI in 2015 with Elon Musk and Amazon, among others. The company launched ChatGPT last year, leading to a massive growth in interest and development of AI.
France's digital minister has already said that Sam Altman and his team are welcome in France if they wish. Last week, French President Macron also indicated that generative AI has enormous potential, and that France is planning a conference on AI in Paris next year. He wants to ensure that AI algorithms are not only fed with English-language content. The creation of Kyutai, a non-profit AI research laboratory founded by French tech billionaire and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, should also be seen in this light.