A recent decision by the board members of OpenAI to dismiss co-founder Sam Altman has caused a severe backlash from employees and senior officials of the company. Many of them are threatening to leave, with over 500 out of the 770 employees at OpenAI expressing their intention to do so if the board does not resign.
Among the signatories of a letter expressing their discontent were Ilya Sutskever, the company’s chief scientist, and Mira Murati, a top executive who declined the offer to replace Altman as CEO. The employees are considering a move to Microsoft, which has assured them that there are positions available within a new subsidiary if they decide to leave OpenAI.
The media reports indicate that the board is reconsidering Altman’s dismissal due to pressure from investors and the threat of mass resignations. The new CEO of OpenAI, Emmett Shear, has been tasked with reorganizing leadership teams and addressing key concerns in the ongoing turmoil at the company.
Microsoft’s decision to hire Altman has raised questions about the future of their alliance with OpenAI. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, confirmed Altman’s new role at the company while expressing commitment to their partnership with OpenAI. However, uncertainty remains in the tech industry regarding what this means for both companies and their relationship moving forward.
Altman’s departure from OpenAI has brought significant changes to both companies and