Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is considering launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture after being ousted from the company, according to a person familiar with the matter. Altman, who was fired by the board in a surprise move, is reportedly in talks with OpenAI executives about improving the company’s governance structure. At the same time, he is discussing with core OpenAI researchers and others loyal to him the possibility of starting a new AI company.
The source, who requested anonymity, stated that the situation is still uncertain and the options of Altman returning to OpenAI or starting a new venture are still being discussed. Both OpenAI and Altman declined to comment on the matter.
Investors in OpenAI, including Microsoft, are reportedly concerned about the potential loss of talent without Altman and are discussing the possibility of reinstating him as CEO. Khosla Ventures, an early backer of OpenAI, expressed support for Altman and stated that they would back him in his future endeavors.
OpenAI, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Elon Musk, gained global attention with the launch of its ChatGPT AI technology. The software, which is capable of generating human-like content, sparked investments and initiatives across various industries.
Some employees at OpenAI have reportedly considered quitting if Altman is not reinstated by the end of the weekend. Others have expressed support for joining Altman in his new venture. Former OpenAI President Greg Brockman, who resigned following Altman’s firing, is expected to join Altman in his new endeavor.
It remains unclear if researchers at OpenAI, including Szymon Sidor, who have already left the company, will join Altman’s new venture. Altman has also been in discussions with Apple’s former design chief Jony Ive about building a new AI hardware device.
Altman’s dismissal from OpenAI was due to a breakdown of communications and not misconduct, according to an internal company memo. The OpenAI board has reportedly been in discussions with Altman about his potential return as CEO.
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