The Mystery at the Heart of the OpenAI Chaos

More than three days after OpenAI was thrown into chaos by Sam Altman’s sudden firing from his post as CEO, one big question remains unanswered: Why?

Altman was removed by OpenAI’s non-profit board through an unconventional governance structure that as one of the company’s cofounders he helped to create. It gave a small group of individuals wholly independent of the ChatGPT maker’s core operations the power to dismiss its leadership, in the name of ensuring humanity-first oversight of its AI technology.

The board’s brief and somewhat cryptic statement announcing Altman’s departure said the directors had “concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications

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