Worldcoin billionaire Sam Altan was on Friday fired from his role as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Open AI, which manages large language model-based chatbot – Chat GPT.
In a statement by the company’s board, the billionaire who co-founded the digital currency, Worldcoin, was accused of not being forthcoming with critical information to the board.
The board further accused him of hampering it when undertaking key decisions regarding the company.
Notably, Altman is one of the co-founders of the tech company founded in 2015 alongside notable people, including X owner Elon Musk.
A screengrab of ChatGPT screen display detailing its capabilities and its functions.
“Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.
“The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI,” read the statement in part.
Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati will replace Altman as the CEO on an interim basis.
In his response after being fired, the billionaire noted that he would announce his next steps in the coming days.
“I loved my time at Open AI. it was transformative for me, and hopefully the world a little bit. Most of all I loved working with such talented people. I will have will have more to say about what’s next later,” he stated.
Altman hit the headlines in Kenya in August after the government stopped the registration of Kenyans to the digital currency technology.
This was occasioned by concerns about data mining, given that the company was scanning the iris of Kenyans.
The company officials who appeared before the National Assembly Committee investigating the Worldcoin fiasco refuted the allegations.
Kenyans registering for Worldcoin in Nairobi in March 2023.