Internal discord at OpenAI appears to be escalating rapidly, with Sam Altman’s retirement announced by the company, citing a trust deficit. Shortly after, Greg Brockman, co-founder and president of OpenAI, revealed his departure from the organization.
Greg Brockman, expressing pride in the collective achievements since the company’s inception, announced his resignation, citing recent developments as the reason. In a statement on Platform X (formerly Twitter), Greg Brockman said:
“I am extremely proud of what we have collectively accomplished since our humble beginnings in my apartment eight years ago. Despite many challenges, we have accomplished a lot together. However, in light of today’s developments, I have resigned.”
He reiterated his belief in the mission of developing safe artificial general intelligence for the benefit of all humanity. As part of the recently revealed changes, Brockman was expected to step down from his role as chairman of the board while continuing to work at the company in a reporting capacity under the new CEO.
After learning today’s news, here is the message I sent to the OpenAI team: https://t.co/NMnG16yFmm pic.twitter.com/8x39P0ejOM
– Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 18, 2023
Sam Altman’s departure from his role raises concerns about a possible talent drain at OpenAI. There are also concerns about the former CEO’s next steps in the situation, as Altman indicated. said he would later share what the future held for him.
OpenAI’s decision to part ways with Sam Altman stems from significant disagreements between the CEO and board, including with Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and chief scientist. Disagreements centered on the safety of AI, the pace of technology development and the commercialization of the company.
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These disagreements echo ongoing challenges within OpenAI related to the ethical development of AI, a constant concern of the organization since its inception. Similar conflicts in the past led to Elon Musk’s disassociation from OpenAI in 2018, and in 2020 some employees left to start competing company Anthropic.
Originally established as a nonprofit organization in 2015, OpenAI aimed to prevent advanced AI from falling into the hands of monopolistic corporations. However, after receiving a significant investment from Microsoft in 2019, the company shifted to a for-profit structure.
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