Enlarge / Ilya Sutskever (OpenAI Chief scientist) speaks at Tel Aviv University June 5, 2023.

OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman was fired on Friday in an unexpected move, which led to President Greg Brockman resigning. Three senior scientists. Microsoft, an important investor and minority shareholder, was blindsided as well. reportedly making CEO Satya Nadella furious. As Friday night progressed, reports emerged It is believed that Ilya Ilya-Sutskever, the Chief Scientist of OpenAI, was responsible for the dismissal due to his concerns over safety and the speed of OpenAI’s tech deployment.

“This was the board doing its duty to the mission of the nonprofit, which is to make sure that OpenAI builds AGI that benefits all of humanity,” Sutskever said this to employees during an emergency meeting of all hands held on Friday. Information.

OpenAI, since its inception, has been working on the development of artificial intelligence.

Insiders at OpenAI say there were disagreements over Altman’s push for rapid commercialization and growth of the company, while Sutskever wanted to slow down. Sources Tell them to get on with it Reporter Kara Swisher reported that OpenAI’s Dev Day hosted on November 6 with Sam at the center of a keynote pushing products for consumers was an “inflection moment of Altman pushing too far, too fast.”

The aforementioned is a Joint Statement Altman Brockman, who were released on Friday night, said that they are “shocked and saddened” By the board’s action. Tech insiders also expressed their shock on social media. Angel investor Ron Conway Writer, “What happened at OpenAI today is a Board coup that we have not seen the likes of since 1985 when the then-Apple board pushed out Steve Jobs. It is shocking; it is irresponsible; and it does not do right by Sam & Greg or all the builders in OpenAI.”

OpenAI has a number of advantages. Unusual structure Where its for-profit arm, which is controlled and owned by a 501(c),(3) public charity. Prior to yesterday, this non-profit had been controlled by a board that was 501(c)(3) public charity. Included Altman, Brockman, Ilya Sutskever and three others who were not OpenAI employees: Adam D’Angelo, the CEO of Quora; Tasha McCauley, an adjunct senior management scientist at RAND corporation; and Helen Toner, director of strategy and foundational research grants at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology. Sutskever D’Angelo McCauley and Toner are the only remaining OpenAI employees.

A block diagram of OpenAI's unusual structure, provided by OpenAI.
Click to Enlarge / OpenAI has provided a block diagram showing the unusual structure of OpenAI.

Surprises and chaos

Brockman and Altman said in a joint statement that Altman’s dismissal was a complete shock to them. They also outlined a rough timeline. Altman was invited to a board meeting via remote on Friday, at noon. Brockman, the Chairman of OpenAI’s board, was not invited for this meeting. Altman was then fired.

Brockman was told by Sutskever, around 30 minutes after the initial announcement, that Altman would be fired and Brockman could stay at the company. Brockman declined and resigned from his position later on Friday. Brockman claims that OpenAI’s management team only learned of the move a few hours after it occurred, while former CTO Mira Murati (now interim chief executive officer) was informed on Thursday evening.

Altman’s accusations in the book remain unanswered. OpenAI blog post Altman’s departure was announced by the board, which stated that Altman “was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.” It is unclear what the company’s position is, but some insiders believe that it was a move to gain power resulting from the cultural schism that existed between Altman & Sutskever. Management style Drive for high-profile public relations. On September 29, Sutskever Tweet this, “Ego is the enemy of growth.”

Sam Altman and Ilya Sutskever speak together at Tel Aviv University on June 5, 2023.
Enlarge / Sam Altman and Ilya Sukskever will speak at Tel Aviv University, June 5, 2023.

The internal schism has caused further turmoil. Three AI researchers who were loyal to Altman also left the company on Friday. They resigned in response to the news. These included Jakub Pahocki, OpenAI’s Director of Research and GPT-4 Lead; Aleksander Mdry, the head of the team that evaluates AI risk and Szymon Szdor, a researcher of open source baselines.

Pushing back the “veil of ignorance”

Rumors are already circulating about possible internal breakthroughs that could have intensified the “slow/fast” rift in the company. This is due to Sutskever’s role as the co-leader of a group called “OpenAI”.SuperalignmentThe team is charged with finding a way to control a hypothetical superintelligent artificial intelligence. Altman spoke at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing on Thursday. You can also read about the importance of this in our article, “Four times now in the history of OpenAI—the most recent time was just in the last couple of weeks—I’ve gotten to be in the room when we push the veil of ignorance back and the frontier of discovery forward. And getting to do that is like the professional honor of a lifetime.”

This is not to say that OpenAI developed superintelligence. Experts believe that this is unlikely. But, the concern is that Altman’s new breakthrough may have put pressure on a firm that is struggling to move forward safely (from their non-profit branch), but also to make money (from their for-profit subsidiary). Altman said recently that GPT-5 was in the works, which is a powerful successor of GPT-4.

Some people shared jokes on Twitter as the news spread. X user shaurya Writer, “this is like the roman empire for people who do matrix multiplication.” Daniel Jeffries, AI futurist You can also read about the importance of this in our article, “The entire AI industry would like to thank the OpenAI board for giving us all a chance to catch up.

Not all of the reactions were negative. Some at OpenAI began to make forward-looking statements as Friday night progressed. Evan Morikawa, Engineering Manager at OpenAI Written on X, “For those wondering what’ll happen next, the answer is we’ll keep shipping. @sama & @gdb weren’t micro-managers. The ✨ comes from the many geniuses here in research product eng & design. There’s clear internal uniformity among these leaders that we’re here for the bigger mission.”

You can expect to hear more about the OpenAI board as new details emerge.