The chief executive of OpenAI – the firm behind viral chatbot ChatGPT – has been ousted after the board said it no longer has confidence in him.
Sam Altman is to depart and will be replaced in the interim by Mira Murati, who is currently chief technology officer for the artificial intelligence company.
In a statement on Friday, OpenAI said the move follows a “deliberative review process by the board” which concluded that Mr Altman “was not consistently candid in his communications with the board”.
The statement said Mr Altman’s behaviour was hindering the board’s ability to exercise its responsibilities.
Mr Altman helped start OpenAI as a non-profit research laboratory in 2015.
But in the past year, he was thrust into the global spotlight as the face of OpenAI after ChatGPT exploded into public consciousness.
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