Is ChatGPT Doomed?

Sam Altman has been fired from OpenAI. Is it a sign of things to come?

Aaron Schnoor


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OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, has just announced breaking news:

Sam Altman, the renowned entrepreneur and CEO of OpenAI, has been fired.

“Fired” might not technically be the correct terminology, but it seems the most fitting; Altman has been ousted by the company’s board and forced to step down from his post.

That news might not be shocking in itself, but what is surprising is the reason for the decision.

According to the company’s press release:

“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities. The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”

This is a sudden fall for an entrepreneur that many hailed as the next Musk or Zuckerberg. But is there a hidden reason why OpenAI’s board made this seemingly unexpected change?

And what does it mean that Sam Altman was not “consistently candid in his communications with the board?”