The AI startup Open AI has announced the abrupt departure of CEO Sam Altman, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to lead the company. The company’s board of directors stated that Altman was “not consistently candid” in his communications with the board, leading to their decision for a “leadership transition.” The board expressed gratitude for Altman’s contributions but emphasized the need for new leadership as the company moves forward. Altman’s departure has prompted a flurry of reactions across the tech sector, with Open AI president Greg Brockman also announcing his resignation. The company has appointed Mira Murati as interim CEO while searching for a permanent replacement. Altman made a brief statement expressing his love for working with talented people at Open AI and hinting at future plans. The news comes after Altman was recently compared to J Robert Oppenheimer and included on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in AI in 2023.