Just hours after artificial intelligence giant OpenAI abruptly fired CEO and cofounder Sam Altman, president and cofounder Greg Brockman resigned in protest, sending further shockwaves through the tech world.
Brockman's resignation caps a tumultuous day that began with OpenAI removing Altman from the CEO role and demoting Brockman from chairman of the board after an internal review questioned Altman's candor.
Even Microsoft, OpenAI's most important big tech partner, was reportedly blindsided by Altman's sudden termination.
Brockman said in a social media post "I quit" and that he wished OpenAI well but continues to believe in its mission of developing safe artificial general intelligence for humanity's benefit.
The seismic leadership shakeup now leaves OpenAI without two of its most prominent leaders and visionaries, Altman and Brockman, raising major questions about the pioneering AI company's future direction right as it reaches the height of its influence.
Just last November, OpenAI captivated the tech industry with the viral launch of ChatGPT, a breakthrough natural language AI chatbot. This ushered in a new era with AI taking center stage and competitors scrambling to match OpenAI's generative AI capabilities.
But Altman and Brockman's departures now throw OpenAI's path forward into uncertainty despite its meteoric rise to power on the back of AI innovations like ChatGPT.