Why was Sam Altman forced out by the OpenAI board, according to Reid Hoffman?

Former director Reid Hoffman expressed his confusion over the removal of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI. Despite the board not providing a specific reason, Altman was later reinstated due to pressure from investors and the threat of employee departures. The board is currently undergoing changes, and the exact cause of the initial chaos remains unknown. Speculations include Altman’s attempts to raise money for a new AI chip startup and concerns about the company’s technology risks. OpenAI continues to operate its chatbot ChatGPT and has partnerships with big companies like AT&T and Mercedes-Benz through Microsoft. Competitors like Amazon have seized the opportunity to highlight the risk of relying on just one provider of AI models. Hoffman, an original OpenAI donor, praised Altman’s competence and expressed confidence in Microsoft’s continued collaboration with OpenAI. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had offered to hire Altman, OpenAI president Greg Brockman, and their colleagues for a new AI research group, but Altman was quickly reinstated at OpenAI. Hoffman lauded Nadella’s integrity and believed he would have hired everyone from OpenAI if necessary.