According to The New York Times, Sam Altman was removed as chief executive of OpenAI and is currently pitching a new artificial intelligence start-up to investors with his co-founder Greg Brockman, who is OpenAI’s former president. Details on the potential company are scarce, but plans are in the works as Altman and Brockman are keeping a wide range of options open. OpenAI’s board of directors abruptly fired Altman, and by Friday night, he was already working on their plans to pitch investors on their next venture.
Altman and Brockman are reportedly sketching out the new company, and they have considered which OpenAI employees would join them. At least three other OpenAI employees have resigned over the last day. Altman and Brockman have received support from prominent tech investors who have hinted that they would back their next venture.
Last year, OpenAI set off an A.I. boom when it released ChatGPT, and Altman has been pitching a number of ideas for new projects to investors and outsiders in recent months. He has also spoken with Masayoshi Son of SoftBank about investing in an effort to build an A.I. device with Jony Ive, the former chief design officer at Apple.