In a surprising turn of events, former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who was ousted from his position recently, has reportedly returned to the company’s San Francisco headquarters. The unexpected visit follows an invitation from interim CEO Mira Murati, as reported by The Information.
Altman, known as the human face of generative AI, is engaged in discussions about a possible return to OpenAI. Simultaneously, he is exploring the prospect of launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture, according to Reuters. His sudden departure from the board had sent shockwaves across the tech industry.
Despite the management upheaval, Altman posted an image on messaging platform X on Sunday, featuring himself wearing an OpenAI guest badge. The caption reads: “first and last time I ever wear one of these.”
The dismissal of Altman had stirred emotions among current and former employees, raising concerns about the potential impact on an upcoming $86 billion share sale. OpenAI has refrained from providing specific details regarding the report from The Information.
Adding to the intrigue, OpenAI’s former president and co-founder, Greg Brockman, also made an appearance at the office on Sunday, according to The Information. Brockman had stepped down from the board as chairman during the recent management shuffle and officially resigned from the company on Friday.
As Altman contemplates a possible return to OpenAI, Microsoft, the company’s largest backer, is reportedly in talks about taking a role on the board. The Information, citing sources familiar with the discussions, reported that Microsoft could potentially secure a seat on OpenAI’s board of directors or act as a board observer without voting power.
The outcome of these discussions could significantly influence the future direction of OpenAI and its strategic partnerships.