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OpenAI's wild weekend just upended the tech world. Here's what happened.

OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, fired CEO Sam Altman on Friday. It was a move that shocked the tech community and blindsided insiders at OpenAI and Microsoft, one of its major investors. What followed were twists and turns as investors and employees pushed hard for Altman to be reinstated, before Microsoft snapped him up. So what's the big deal? The fate of ChatGPT — the AI chatbot that more than 100 million people use on the job, at school, and at home — is on the line.

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    Sam Altman out as OpenAI CEO after board loses confidence in him

    Sam Altman out as OpenAI CEO after board loses confidence in him

    Sam Altman is out at OpenAI. The board of the AI company, which is behind ChatGPT, announced on Friday that it is "no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI," citing that he was "not consistently candid in his communications."

    What happened?

    OpenAl made it clear in a statement that Altman lied to the board about something so important that they decided to oust him as CEO. "He was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities," OpenAl said.

    meet the new ceo

    A search process for Altman's permanent successor is now underway. The board originally selected Mira Murati as the new interim CEO but just days later, the board appointed a different interim CEO in the form of Twitch cofounder Emmett Shear.

    The tech world reacts

    Microsoft leaders officially received only a few minutes warning before the announcement that Sam Altman was being forced out of OpenAI, one of Microsoft's biggest investments, was made on Friday afternoon. They were the lucky ones. Over at OpenAI, employees found out when the rest of the tech world did and questioned whether the firing amounted to a "coup," according to a transcript of the meeting.

    Microsoft ends the chaos

    After a weekend of chaos, Microsoft finally put an end to the questions of whether Sam Altman would be returning to OpenAI with a clear no. Instead, Microsoft have brought him in to lead a new advanced AI research team.

    the wildest coup in Silicon Valley history

    Why should you care so much about the chaos happening at a company you may not have heard of one year ago? Why is it so important that OpenAI and Microsoft figure it all out?

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