Elon Musk, who helped launch OpenAI in 2015, left the company in 2018 after tangling with its other cofounders. Now, the startup is engulfed in a power struggle that could threaten its existence, and he seems to be enjoying the spectacle.
“Looks like Instability.AI is still available,” Musk posted to X on Monday morning, referring to a possible new domain name for the company.
Well after midnight on Monday, another user joked that they wanted the “entertainment to stop” so they could finally get some sleep. “Same,” Musk replied, along with a crying-while-laughing emoji—an icon he used at least seven other times in response to posts about the company.
It has been a three-day nightmare for employees at the artificial intelligence startup. On Friday, Altman was abruptly fired by the board over claims that he “was not consistently candid in his communications.” The vagueness of that statement sparked fervent speculation about the true reason for his ouster; it later emerged that members of the board—including chief scientist Ilya Sutskever—believed that Altman was releasing new technology at an irresponsibly fast clip.
Brockman resigned in protest of Altman’s firing on Friday. Many of OpenAI’s employees, and some of its investors, also appeared outraged over the decision.