How OpenAI’s origins explain the Sam Altman drama

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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, left, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman arrive to the White House for a meeting in May. Evan Vucci/AP

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OpenAI’s board of directors’ abruptly firing CEO Sam Altman then bringing him back days later did not come out of nowhere.

In fact, the boardroom drama represented the boiling over of tensions that have long simmered under the surface of the company.

Following days of upheaval, Altman is again leading the company and a newly-formed board of directors is

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