OpenAI's interim CEO, Mira Murati, is making a strong effort to rehire the recently fired executives, Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, in a dramatic turn of events.
This action follows Altman's unexpected dismissal from the board, which provoked protests and resignations, including Brockman's.
The talks, which are purportedly being coordinated by Adam D'Angelo, CEO of Quora and a member of the OpenAI board, aim to outline the positions that Altman and Brockman would take on if they were to rejoin.
Concurrently, sources suggest that OpenAI's board is looking for a new CEO to replace Altman.
Severe divisions are brought to light by the turbulent changes within the esteemed artificial intelligence research lab, which is well-known for innovations like the ChatGPT chatbot.
Altman encountered resistance from the board due to the rapid pace of development and security issues around the technology, despite his crucial contribution in turning OpenAI from a nonprofit into a profitable company.
The decision to remove Altman was spearheaded by OpenAI Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever, who claimed that he "was not consistently candid in his communications with the board."
OpenAI Chief Operating Officer Brad Lightcap stated that although safety issues were noted, a "breakdown in communications" was the main cause given.
A number of significant investors, including Microsoft Corp. and Thrive Capital, expressed shock at Altman's abrupt dismissal and pushed for his reinstatement. On the other hand, the board's search for a new CEO suggests that these criteria might not be met.
Sutskever, D'Angelo, tech entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Helen Toner, head of strategy at Georgetown's Centre for Security and Emerging Technology, make up the current board, which represents a varied group guiding OpenAI through these difficult times.
The future of the discussions and the hunt for a new CEO is still up in the air, which leaves Brockman and Altman's roles in limbo. The IT and AI communities are still paying attention to OpenAI's advances, which could have an impact on the company's future direction.