Altman is fully reinstated to the OpenAI Board of Directors after resigning on November 17 and returning on November 22, 2023

Altman is fully reinstated to the OpenAI Board of Directors after resigning on November 17 and returning on November 22, 2023

1 series. On November 17, 2023, Sam Altman was fired 20 minutes before the Google Meet (chronology of this event).

2 series. Following Altman, OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman, director of research Jakub Pachocki, head of the team that assesses potential risks related to AI Oleksandr Madry and researcher Shimon Sidor, who worked at OpenAI for seven years, announced their resignations from the company.

3 series. OpenAI’s investors were given no prior warning or opportunity to comment on the board’s decision to resign Altman. His dismissal left the future of OpenAI in an uncertain position, while competitors began to actively refine their counterparts of ChatGPT.

4 series. On November 19, the board of OpenAI, after the scandalous resignation, began negotiations with Sam Altman about his return to the company as CEO.

5 series. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella “has been in contact with Altman and has promised to support whatever decision he makes and whatever his next steps are.” Nadella was “furious” about the board’s decision to get rid of Altman without consulting Microsoft.

6 series. OpenAI told employees that the company remains optimistic about Sam Altman’s return. At the time, Altman said he loved the OpenAI team. In response, OpenAI employees sent him hearts ♥ and admitted that they also love the OpenAI team. At the request to finish everything, Ilya Sutzkever, who amicably brewed porridge in the Board of Directors, until he answered Altman with his heart.

7 series. Interim CEO Miru Murati told employees that she and OpenAI management had invited Altman to join the discussion in person at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

8 series. While negotiations are ongoing, competitors (Cohere, Adept, and Google’s DeepMind) have made massive attempts to lure OpenAI employees. DeepMind said they received many resumes from OpenAI employees in the past two days.

9 series. Negotiations are dragging on. Couriers arrive at the company’s office every half hour with drinks from the Boba Guys snack bar and packages from McDonald’s. The media thinks it’s funny when a group of people concerned about the existential risk of AI order food from fast food chains for a meeting.

10 series. Elon Musk joined the story with OpenAI. He wrote on Twitter that it would be nice to know what Altman lied about that got him fired so promptly. OpenAI is at the forefront of AI development. If it is related to the security of AI systems, it affects everyone on Earth and should be made public.

11 series. Hearts did not help. Negotiations to bring Sam Altman back to OpenAI have failed. Sutzkever told employees that Sam Altman would not return as CEO, despite efforts by company executives to bring him back. Emmett Scheer, co-founder of the video streaming service Twitch, will take the position of CEO of OpenAI. Two “well-known technology executives” were offered the position, and Scheer accepted.

12 series. Dozens of OpenAI employees announced they were leaving the company after it became clear Altman would not be returning. This process can prevent the company from moving forward, with shock layoffs continuing internally. The downsizing is likely to change the current course of development in the field of II and provide an opportunity for many competitors to intensify their efforts.

13 series. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the hiring of Sam Altman, Greg Brockman and other former OpenAI employees. They will be involved in a new team to create and research advanced AI.

14 series. OpenAI’s new interim CEO Emmett Scheer (co-founder of video streaming service Twitch) revealed his immediate plans for running the company after Altman’s resignation and said he accepted the board’s offer within hours of receiving it.

15 series. More than 90% (667+) of OpenAI’s 770 employees (including Mira Mirati and even Chief Scientist Ilya Sutzkever) are demanding the advice of the company’s directors to immediately resign after the firing of Sam Altman. If the board does not leave, then the employees will. Microsoft has already announced that it is ready to accept all full-time employees of OpenAI according to Altman. Regarding Sutzkever, Microsoft did not clarify its decision.

16 series. Following Altman’s ouster, OpenAI’s board approached Dario Amodei, co-founder and CEO of Anthropic, about a potential merger between the two companies. OpenAI tried to convince Amodei to replace Altman as CEO. Amodeus quickly rejected the offer. His two-year-old startup, which sells access to the Claude chatbot, is in fierce competition with OpenAI. OpenAI was also rejected by former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman and Scale AI CEO Alex Wang.

17 series. New interim CEO Emmett Shear has so far been unable to obtain written documentation detailing the reasons for Altman’s dismissal, which the board of directors also did not provide to the company’s investors.

18 series. Altman is still trying to return to the position of CEO of OpenAI with the support of 90% of employees, Microsoft does not know when he will join their company.

19 series. In a closed format for its employees, OpenAI gave two explanations for why the board of directors immediately fired Sam Altman. But the company’s employees do not believe in these statements of the management. They see them as waivers to make up for OpenAI’s current critical situation of governance crisis.

20 series. On November 21, OpenAI’s board told employees that the number one goal now is to prioritize the company’s reunification. This became especially critical against the background of the care of many employees, which continues after the resignation of CEO Sam Altman.

21 series. Microsoft has been urgently preparing its Linkedin office in San Francisco to potentially welcome a hundred or more OpenAI employees on-the-fly without interrupting their operations.

22 series. On November 22, 2023, OpenAI announced that Sam Altman would return to the company as CEO, with a new board of directors including Bret Taylor (Chairman), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo, but without Ilya Sutzkever at the helm.

23 series. Epilogue. Altman spoke to the media about his firing and rehiring at OpenAI.

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