Greg Brockman tendered his resignation with a statement of confidence in the organization’s collective accomplishments since its inception, attributing it to recent developments.
The internal strife at OpenAI seems to be intensifying, as the organisation has recently terminated Sam Altman, citing an inadequate level of confidence. Greg Brockman, co-founder and president of OpenAI, announced his departure from the organisation shortly thereafter.
Brockman tendered his resignation via X (previously Twitter), articulating satisfaction with the organization’s collective accomplishments since its inception and attributing it to recent developments. What he stated was:
“Eight years ago, when we first met in my flat, I am filled with tremendous pride for everything we have accomplished collectively since then.” Despite encountering numerous obstacles, we have collectively achieved a great deal. “However, I resign in light of the current events.”
— Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 18, 2023
Brockman reaffirmed his commitment to the overarching goal of creating secure artificial general intelligence systems that can benefit the entire human race.
As per the recently disclosed modifications, he was expected to relinquish his position as board chairman while maintaining a reporting relationship with the organisation under the guidance of the new CEO.
The prospective departure of key personnel from OpenAI is a matter of concern in light of Altman’s resignation as CEO. Additionally, conjecture surrounds the former CEO’s future endeavours, as Altman has stated that he will elaborate on the matter at a later time.
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Disagreements between the CEO and the board
Significant disagreements between the CEO and the board, specifically with Ilya Sutskever, a co-founder and principal scientist, precipitated OpenAI’s separation from Sam Altman.
Disagreements revolved around the commercialization of the company’s products, the degree of technology advancement velocity, and AI security.
These disputes reflect the enduring difficulties OpenAI has encountered since its inception in regard to the ethical development of artificial intelligence.
Previous instances of comparable disputes led to Elon Musk’s separation from OpenAI in 2018, and in 2020, a number of staff members left in order to establish the rival organisation Anthropic.
In 2015, OpenAI was founded as a nonprofit organisation with the objective of preventing monopolistic corporations from acquiring advanced AI.
Nevertheless, subsequent to securing a substantial investment from Microsoft in 2019, the organisation underwent a transformation into a for-profit organisational framework.