If you’ve visited X in the last 24 hours, seen OpenAI’s Blog, or simply opened up Google, you’ve probably heard that the board of OpenAI has fired its CEO, Sam Altman. There are already dozens of articles online covering the topic, including Ars Technica, The Information, Wired, The Verge, CNN and many others.
I got a flurry of messages yesterday afternoon simply letting me know of this fact (my favourite one below). After a day of more information coming in, I figured I’d share my thoughts because I believe it may be a signal that AGI is closer than we think. I’m simultaneously excited and don’t know what to expect.
I’ve been following Sam since he was first appointed as President of YC in 2014, and he is someone who both inspires me and has taught me a lot (from afar) over the years, so I was shocked to hear the news just like many others.
The organization was founded in December 2015 by Ilya Sutskever, Greg Brockman, Trevor Blackwell, Vicki Cheung, Andrej Karpathy, Durk Kingma, Jessica Livingston, John Schulman, Pamela Vagata, and Wojciech Zaremba, with Sam Altman and Elon Musk serving as the initial board members