OpenAI’s board of directors ousted founder Sam Altman on Nov. 17, shocking the technology world. Soon after, the board appointed Mira Murati as its interim CEO. 

Since then, the board has faced strong criticism from OpenAi’s clients and investors. According to a Bloomberg report, efforts to reinstate Altman as CEO have already involved Microsoft, OpenAI’s biggest shareholder.

Meanwhile, Murati, who has been at OpenAI since 2018, is the interim CEO. When she joined, the company operated as a nonprofit research center but soon transformed into the business behind the popular chatbot ChatGPT.

Murati is the 34-year-old interim CEO of OpenAI. Source: OpenAI

Before OpenAI, Murati reportedly spent a summer as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, followed by positions in engineering at Zodiac Aerospace and Tesla, as described in a Women’s Agenda bio based on her LinkedIn profile, which is no longer available.

Murati was reportedly appointed vice president of product and engineering at Ultraleap in 2016. At OpenAI, she joined as vice president of applied AI and partnerships before rising to senior vice president of research, products and partnerships and, finally, to her role as chief technology officer in 2022.

The interim CEO was born in Albania and received a degree from the Ivy League Dartmouth College in 2012. According to The Wall Street Journal, Murati is a “product person” who believes that artificial intelligence (AI) shouldn’t be confined to research projects.

“It’s important that we bring in different voices, like philosophers, social scientists, artists, and people from the humanities,” she said in an interview with Time magazine earlier in 2023. Regulators should be included in this group of “different voices,” according to Murati:

“It’s important for OpenAI and companies like ours to bring this into the public consciousness in a way that’s controlled and responsible. But we’re a small group of people and we need a ton more input in this system and a lot more input that goes beyond the technologies—definitely regulators and governments and everyone else.”

She is behind developing and managing some of OpenAI’s most groundbreaking projects, including the image-generator model DALL-E 3, the speech-recognition tool Whisper and the latest version of the company’s chatbot GPT-4.

A look at Murati’s profile on X (formerly Twitter) illustrates her engagement with product development at OpenAI. New features and product updates are the only topics she talks about on social media.

Murati has not spoken publicly since the latest developments on OpenAI. She no longer has a LinkedIn account, and her last post on X is from Nov. 6, when ChatGPT Turbo was released. 

Magazine: AI Eye: Real uses for AI in crypto, Google’s GPT-4 rival, AI edge for bad employees