Sam Altman, who was recently removed as the CEO of OpenAI, is exploring the possibility of returning to the company responsible for the ChatGPT bot.
Simultaneously, he is considering launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture, according to an anonymous source familiar with the matter.
Altman’s abrupt dismissal from the board of OpenAI sent shockwaves through the tech industry.
In the aftermath, Altman engaged in discussions with OpenAI executives regarding potential improvements to the company’s governance structure.
He also conferred with core OpenAI researchers and individuals loyal to him on the prospect of establishing a new AI company.
The situation regarding Altman’s return to OpenAI or the initiation of a new venture remains uncertain.
The source emphasized the fluidity of the situation but chose to remain anonymous due to a lack of authorization to speak on behalf of the parties involved.
OpenAI and Altman have refrained from providing official comments on the matter.
Concerns have arisen among investors in OpenAI, including Microsoft, its largest supporter, who are contemplating damage control measures.
Some are considering pushing the board to reinstate Altman as CEO out of fear of a talent exodus without his leadership.
Kholsa Ventures, an early supporter of OpenAI, expressed support for Altman’s return to OpenAI but also pledged to support him in any future endeavors.
Vinod Khosla, the founder of Kholsa Ventures, made this statement on Saturday.
Microsoft, holding a reported 49% stake in the company, declined to comment. The remaining 49% is controlled by other investors and employees, with 2% owned by OpenAI’s nonprofit parent.
The sudden change in management has triggered strong emotions among current and former employees, leading some to consider resigning if Altman is not reinstated promptly.
Others have shown interest in joining Altman in his potential new venture.
Greg Brockman, former President of OpenAI, who reportedly resigned in response to Altman’s dismissal, is expected to be involved in any new endeavor.
However, he has not yet responded to requests for comment.
While some researchers at OpenAI, such as Szymon Sidor, have already left the company due to the CEO change, it remains unclear whether they will join Altman’s potential new venture.
Sam Altman had previously discussed collaborating with former Apple design chief Jony Ive on the development of a new AI hardware device, as reported by The Information in September.
In an internal company memo, OpenAI’s Chief Operating Officer, Brad Lightcap, attributed Altman’s removal to a “breakdown of communications” rather than any wrongdoing.
Reports indicate that discussions are ongoing between the OpenAI board and Altman regarding his possible return as CEO, while investors are also reportedly exploring options to reinstate him in that role.