Sam Altman, a prominent figure in the field of artificial intelligence and a key influencer in national AI policy debates, has been removed from his position as CEO of OpenAI. According to a blog post from the company, Altman’s departure was a result of the board’s loss of confidence in him. The post stated that Altman had not been consistently transparent in his communications with the board, which hindered their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. As a result, the board no longer believes Altman is suitable to lead OpenAI.
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To fill the void left by Altman, chief technology officer Mira Murati will take over as the new CEO. Altman’s departure comes after his active involvement in shaping the AI response in Washington. He had met with President Joe Biden and other CEOs and was even a witness in a significant Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing in May.
Altman had been advocating for the implementation of laws to address the potential risks of AI, specifically pressing for licensing requirements for companies developing advanced AI models. In August, bipartisan Senate Judiciary members introduced a legislative framework for establishing an independent licensing regime for sophisticated general-purpose models.