Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, and Greg Brockman, the former President, made a surprise return to the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Sunday. This came after interim CEO Mira Murati invited Altman, according to a report from The Information.
Altman, who was recently fired by the company’s board, is reportedly in talks to potentially rejoin OpenAI. This development comes as Altman also considers launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture. Altman’s dismissal shocked many in the tech industry, as he was seen as the face of generative AI.
OpenAI declined to comment on the specifics of The Information’s report. However, Altman himself posted an image on messaging platform X, showing him wearing an OpenAI guest badge with the caption, “first and last time I ever wear one of these.”
The announcement of Altman’s firing not only upset current and former employees but also raised concerns about the impact it could have on an upcoming $86 billion share sale. The sudden management upheaval has left many uncertain about the future of the company.
In addition to Altman, Greg Brockman, OpenAI’s former president and co-founder, also made an appearance at the office on Sunday. Brockman had previously stepped down as chairman of the board as part of the management reshuffle and announced his resignation from the company on Friday.
OpenAI has yet to make any official statements regarding these recent developments.