What a turn of events! OpenAI began the day once again as the hottest startup in tech, run by the smartest hotshots in artificial intelligence. But around lunchtime on the west coast, it was a car crash, one that kept getting worse throughout the day.
First, the OpenAI board dropped a bombshell with the announcement that it had ousted CEO Sam Altman after finding he was “not consistently candid in his communications” with the directors. The board named Mira Murati, the company’s chief technology officer, as interim CEO. Four hours later, OpenAI President Greg Brockman, the executive responsible for ChatGPT and other key products, quit the company, as a result of Altman’s defenestration.