Sam Altman, the ousted chief of tech company OpenAI, is reportedly in talks to return less than three days after he was fired by the board.
Altman, one of the co-founders of OpenAI, who developed ChatGPT, was fired on Friday.
OpenAI said the decision followed a “deliberative review process by the Board of Directors,” which concluded Mr. Altman “has not always been forthright in his communications with the board.”
The statement said his behavior interfered with the board’s ability to carry out its responsibilities.
But now reports suggest he could make a quick return to the company he helped create.
A source familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency that Altman had discussed improving governance structures with OpenAI executives.
However, the source described the discussions as “evolving.”
OpenAI staff are reportedly considering leaving unless Mr. Altman is reinstated by the end of the weekend, while others may join him in starting a new company. AI business.
Co-founder and OpenAI President Greg Brockman has stepped away after Mr. Altman’s departure.
Mr. Altman, nor OpenAI, have not commented on the reported discussions.
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In an internal memo from operations director Brad Lightcap, seen by Reuters, Mr Altman’s departure was due to a “communication breakdown” rather than “malfeasance”.
The company, whose investors include Elon Musklaunched ChatGPT last November – a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to answer questions, solve problems and even write code.
This thrust the company into the spotlight, sparking global conversations about the use of AI in industries such as healthcare and financial services.
The company is backed by Microsoft as a major investor, which industry media reports say is unhappy with the decision to remove Mr. Altman.