Explainer: What’s happening at OpenAI?

Charlie Taylor looks into the leadership crisis that has left the tech world reeling

Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. Picture: Getty

Good question! With more drama than Eastenders, the recent leadership crisis at the company behind generative AI tools such as ChatGPT and DALL-E, has rocked the tech world.

So what happened?

Sam Altman, who co-founded and led OpenAI, was sensationally fired on Friday after the company’s board said he was “not consistently candid in his communications with the board” and had lost its confidence.

Given Altman has arguably become ‘MRrAI’, the news came as a ...