OpenAI fired Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sam Altman and President Greg Brockman on Friday, and Mira Murati, the chief technology officer (CTO), was appointed interim CEO. Murati expressed her gratitude and humility in a memo about stepping into this pivotal role, as reported by Bloomberg.
But who exactly is Mira Murati? Murati’s academic background includes a degree in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College. Her professional journey began with an internship at Goldman Sachs, followed by a position at Zodiac Aerospace, a renowned French aerospace group, per TechCrunch’s report.
Murati’s impressive career trajectory includes a significant tenure at Tesla, where she served as the senior product manager for the Model X, Tesla’s crossover SUV. She also played a vital role at Leap Motion, a startup specializing in hand- and finger-tracking motion sensors for PCs, where she was the Vice President of Product and Engineering.
In 2018, Murati joined OpenAI, starting as the vice president of applied AI and partnerships and later promoted to CTO in 2022. Her leadership at OpenAI has been instrumental in overseeing projects like the AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, the text-to-image AI DALL-E, and Codex, which powers GitHub’s Copilot product.
Murati’s Vision as Interim CEO
As OpenAI’s interim CEO, Murati is steering the company towards a future focused on multimodal models, such as GPT-4 with Vision, which comprehends image and text contexts. She advocates for the open testing of AI technologies to identify potential bugs and explore new applications.
Murati’s approach to technology development is grounded in practicality and real-world impact. She emphasizes the importance of exposing AI technologies like DALL-E to real-world scenarios to gain a more robust understanding and to assess their effectiveness in solving tangible problems, as she explained in an interview with Fast Company.
In a recent companywide meeting, Murati confidently reassured OpenAI employees about the continued support from Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and CTO Kevin Scott, highlighting their “utmost confidence” in OpenAI’s direction under her leadership.