The majority of employees at OpenAI are in open defiance and have threatened to resign.
If the current CEO, Sam Altman, is not replaced with a new CEO.
Elon Musk and his partner Greg Brockman have been restored as cofounders of OpenAI.
Over 500 employees at OpenAI, out of a total of about 770, are calling for the four-person board responsible for Altman’s termination to step down. Their letter, shared by experienced technology journalist Kara Swisher, states: “We cannot continue to work under individuals who do not possess the necessary skills, decision-making abilities, and consideration for our mission and staff.”
The employees of ChatGPT maker have expressed their intention to leave the company and join the newly announced Microsoft subsidiary managed by Altman and Brockman. They claim to have received assurance from Microsoft that there are available positions for all staff members from OpenAI.
I posted on X on Monday.
On Friday, Altman’s unexpected removal caught both his coworkers and investors off guard.
The letter written by employees of OpenAI has taken both Google and Microsoft by surprise. The statement was made amidst numerous posts on X by OpenAI staff, including Murati, who emphasized the importance of the company’s employees by stating “Open AI is nothing without its people.”
Following the failure of reinstating Altman, OpenAI’s board of four individuals announced on Sunday evening that Emmett Shear, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitch, a popular gaming website, will serve as the interim CEO, replacing Murati.
The unexpected departure of Altman, Brockman, and other leading researchers from OpenAI raises concerns about the company’s future. Despite its rapid growth, OpenAI has become one of the most valuable tech startups globally.
According to Sarah Kreps, who is the director of Cornell University’s Tech Policy Institute, the departure of the individuals responsible for creating these products will greatly diminish the company’s potential. She believes that with the brain trust moving to Microsoft, the company’s future success will be heavily reliant on the tools developed by Microsoft. This could make it difficult for OpenAI to maintain its status as a thriving company.
On Monday, Microsoft’s stock price increased by over 2% to reach a new all-time high of $378.82. This positive development was met with enthusiasm from investors, who were pleased with the company’s decision to bring on Altman and Brockman.
According to a note to clients from Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives on Monday, the hiring of Shear by OpenAI will always be seen as a controversial decision that caused turmoil within and outside the company.
According to Ives, if Altman had left Microsoft, he would have had the opportunity to join other tech companies like Amazon, Google, or Apple, who are all eager to have him as the face of AI. However, he chose to stay with Microsoft and is now in charge of their major AI initiatives. This may result in several scientists and developers leaving OpenAI to join Microsoft.
However, despite the disagreement between the creators of the AI-driven chatbot ChatGPT and the company they co-founded, both Shear and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella have expressed their dedication to their collaboration.
Microsoft has put a significant amount of money into the startup..
Why was Altman removed from his position?
On Friday, OpenAI stated that Altman’s communication with the board was not consistently honest, causing the board to lose trust in his skills as a leader.
In a post on Monday, Shear stated that he plans to employ an impartial investigator to look into Altman’s dismissal and produce a report within a month. He acknowledged that the handling of Sam’s removal has been severely mishandled in terms of the procedure and communication.
Shear stated that he plans to lead changes within the company, which may include altering the structure of governance if needed. He also clarified that the decision to remove Altman from the board was not due to a disagreement regarding safety.
It is possible that the mention was in regards to the ongoing discussions surrounding OpenAI’s goal of creating AI that is “generally smarter than humans” while ensuring safety. According to analysts at New Street Research, this debate, along with the rapid launch of more advanced products by Altman, may have led to the company’s internal power struggle.
The New Street analysts declared that the current state of OpenAI, as of Thursday, will not continue regardless of the outcome of the drama within the company. They predict that either the four leaders will be compelled to step down, or the rest of the staff will leave and the four will be left on their own. This information was shared with investors in a report.
Last week, OpenAI refused to respond to inquiries regarding their mention of Altman’s suspected dishonesty. The board stated that Altman’s conduct was impeding their ability to fulfill their duties.
This report includes information from The Associated Press.