Updated Nov 20, 2023 - Technology

OpenAI's Sutskever says he regrets board's firing of Altman

Ilya Sutskever. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP via Getty Images

OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, who led a board rebellion at the company to force out CEO Sam Altman, now says he "deeply regret[s] my participation in the board's actions."

Why it matters: More than 500 of OpenAI's 700-plus employees threatened to resign in an open letter if Sutskever and other board members do not step down.

  • The workers threatened to move over to Microsoft's new artificial intelligence research unit that Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman will build.

What he's saying: "I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company," Sutskever wrote in a message on X, formerly Twitter.

Catch up quick: Altman's removal from the company last Friday shocked the tech industry, even blindsiding Microsoft, a key OpenAI investor.

  • His firing stemmed from a culture clash within the company regarding the pace of AI development.
  • Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear said on Monday he accepted an offer to become the company's interim CEO.

The big picture: Sutskever, a veteran AI researcher, harbors deep concerns about the dangers of advanced AI.

  • He persuaded other board members that Altman's accelerated approach to AI deployment and commercialization was too risky.
  • OpenAI's explanation for Altman's firing claimed that he was "not consistently candid" with the board.

Go deeper: How tensions over profitability at OpenAI turned into a full-blown crisis

Editor's note: This story was updated with new developments and additional background.

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