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Former OpenAI boss Sam Altman returns to headquarters after being fired

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Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has returned to the company's headquarters after his abrupt dismissal. 

He posted a picture of himself wearing an OpenAI visitor badge on X, writing: “first and last time i ever wear one of these.”

It was reported investors, including Microsoft, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, and Thrive Capital pushed for his reinstatement just one day after his abrupt ouster by the board. 

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Altman received support from a large number of OpenAI employees, including executives for one of his posts. 

Sources said that discussions were underway between Altman and the mentioned investors regarding his potential reinstatement.

OpenAI said the initial decision to remove Altman followed a "deliberative review process by the board." 

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The company cited concerns about his lack of candidness in communications. 

The board argued that Altman's behavior impeded its ability to fulfill its responsibilities. 

OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap, in a memo to employees, expressed surprise at the board's announcement.

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Lightcap wrote: “We have had multiple conversations with the board to try to better understand the reasons and process behind their decision.

“These discussions, and options regarding our path forward, are ongoing this morning.”

Media reports suggest that Altman may return to the company along with OpenAI president Greg Brockman, who resigned on Friday following Altman's ouster.

In an internal memo by Lightcap, Mr Altman's departure was said to be over a "breakdown in communications" rather than "malfeasance".

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OpenAI launched ChatGPT in November, which is a chatbot utilizing artificial intelligence.

The debut has garnered attention for its applications in various industries, including healthcare and financial services

The company, backed by major investor Microsoft, has faced scrutiny over the decision to remove Altman.

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