According to an oddly direct internal staff memo released by Axios earlier, Altman was initially fired from OpenAI due to” a breakdown in communication between Sam and the board.” Following the announcement, several important members, including co-founder Greg Brockman, who was removed from his position as board chairman, as well as a few senior researchers, resigned. They might end up joining Altman in one of his rumored new endeavors, which would involve working with former Apple designer Jovy Ive to create an AI-centric hardware as well as a chip that could compete with NVIDIA.
Although the fired executive wanted the current board to resign and OpenAI to publicly apologize to him, the board had allegedly been considering reverseing Altman’s firing. Clearly, this arrangement was not finalized. The development of GPT- 5 and other related projects is still up for debate, as is whether those who left with Altman will return to OpenAI.