Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, has resigned amid a loss of confidence from the company’s board in his ability to lead.
The board cited Chat GPT’s Altman showed a lack of consistency in communication, hindering its ability to fulfill its responsibilities.
Altman played a key role in launching OpenAI and became a prominent spokesperson for the AI industry. His departure has caused shockwaves in the sector, with former Google boss Eric Schmidt expressing admiration and anticipation for Altman’s future endeavors.
OpenAI president and co-founder Greg Brockman also resigned in solidarity. The company, now backed by Microsoft, has faced controversies, including legal action and criticism for deviating from its non-profit origins.
Mira Murati will serve as interim chief while the board searches for a permanent replacement.
ChatGPT is known for its ability to respond to prompts from users with human-like text, images and videos.
Hundreds of millions of people have tried it out, and many are now regularly using it to help them do their jobs and study – to consternation in some cases, like teachers facing essays written by the bot and people worried for their jobs.
The company has also faced legal action from writers who say the bot developed its abilities by harvesting their work, in violation of copyright law.
Billionaire Elon Musk, who with Mr Altman was one of the founding co-chairs of OpenAI, has also criticized it for straying from its non-profit roots.