OpenAI has 2nd thoughts after sacking gay CEO Sam Altman

Sam Altman openai

It seems the board of OpenAI is having second thoughts after sacking co-founder and CEO Sam Altman.

The board of the wealthiest and best-known artificial intelligence organisation fired their CEO suddenly on Friday without notice — and with very little explanation. A board statement said merely that Altman “was not consistently candid in his communications.”

However, within hours of Altman’s dismissal, fellow co-founder and OpenAI president Greg Brockman resigned. A number of senior researchers also quit with more predicted to follow.

The Verge reports that OpenAI “is in a state of free-fall without [Sam Altman.]”

Sam Altman

Altman co-founded Loopt, a location-based social networking mobile application, at the age of 19. Ten years later, in 2015, he co-founded OpenAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) research organisation. Although founded as a non-profit, OpenAI transitioned to a for-profit model in 2019, a status critics described as inconsistent with OpenAI’s claim to be democratising AI.

Sam Altman is openly gay and lives in San Francisco with Australian software engineer Oliver Mulherin.


In 2020, OpenAI announced GPT-3, a language model that aimed to answer questions in natural language, translate between languages, and coherently generate improvised text.

DALL-E followed in 2021, a deep-learning model that generated digital images from natural language descriptions.

But the biggest impact occurred with the introduction of ChatGPT in December 2022.

Altman has been both the face of OpenAI and the best-known and most-listened-to voice in AI. Reports of him returning to the company allegedly follow pressure from key investors like Microsoft. He is apparently considering starting a new company and taking key former employees of OpenAI with him.

It seems when the machines decide to take over, we’ll be too busy fighting each other to resist.

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  1. Stav
    19 November 2023

    How is the fact he is gay have anything to do anything.

    • 19 November 2023

      We’re a queer website and so naturally explain the relevance of subjects they’re not familiar with to our readers.

      In a world where most queer people are not privileged with wealth and power and the right to live peacefully as themselves, stories about members of our community enjoying success are of interest.

      • Lapis
        20 November 2023

        Being gay doesn’t make him not a piece of garbage though. I’m not about to shed tears for the face of AI techbro bullshit because he happens to like dudes.

        Friggin’ Peter Thiel is gay, that doesn’t make anything about him a feel-good success story.

        • 20 November 2023

          I never said it was ‘feel-good’ – he’s successful – he’s gay – that’s relevant to our readers – doesn’t mean there’s anything good about it – plenty of successful people are arseholes – I have no idea in this case.

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