After the OpenAI Board fired the company’s CEO and co-founder Sam Altman on Friday, which led to the President and co-founder Greg Bockman quitting in protest, the OpenAI Board reportedly is seeking to reinstate Altman as CEO.
The sudden turnabout comes after major investors in OpenAI, including Microsoft and Thrive Capital, reportedly want to see Altman back. Also, a number of OpenAI employees were reportedly leaving the company to protest Altman’s firing, with other employees possibly joining them.
Now, the tables have turned. The Verge has suggested that Altman wants the entire Board of Directors to resign as a condition of his return as CEO. That would mean: OpenAI’s chief scientist Ilya Sutskever; Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo as an independent director; technology entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Georgetown Centre for Security and Emerging Technology’s Helen Toner.
If Altman (and Bockman) do not return to OpenAI, they reportedly will start their own AI company.