The firing of Salm Altman, CEO of OpenAI, by the company’s board members has not gone down well with the employees. Over 500 have threatened to leave the company unless the current board members resign. They also stated that they intend to join former CEO Sam Altman at Microsoft’s new AI division.
The letter expressed dissatisfaction with the dismissal of Sam Altman and the removal of Greg Brockman from the board, claiming that these actions jeopardised their work, undermined the mission, and called OpenAI’s competence into question.
According to media reports, the group of employees issuing the threat included key figures such as Mira Murati, chief technology officer; Ilya Sutskever, chief data scientist; and Brad Lightcap, the company’s chief operating officer.
The news comes just one day after OpenAI fired Altman and named Emmett Shear, co-founder of Twitch, as interim CEO.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced on November 21, 2023, that Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI, would be joining Microsoft along with Greg Brockman to lead a new advanced in-house AI research team. Altman was fired from OpenAI, causing outrage among investors and employees who demanded that he be reinstated.
Despite its $11 billion investment in OpenAI, Microsoft chose to establish its own in-house AI unit. Nadella confirmed Emmett Shear as the rumoured new CEO of OpenAI, expressing excitement for future collaboration.
Microsoft will continue to collaborate with OpenAI, demonstrating its commitment to the advancement of AI technology. Altman was previously the CEO of OpenAI and has a background in entrepreneurship, including roles at WorldCoin and Y Combinator, as well as a brief stint as the CEO of Reddit.