OpenAI employees have threatened to quit and join Microsoft after the sacking of co-founder Sam Altman. (AFP)News 

OpenAI Staff Ready to Follow Sam Altman to Microsoft – Get the Scoop Here!

On Monday, a significant number of employees at OpenAI expressed their intention to resign from the prominent artificial intelligence company and join Microsoft. This decision came after OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, who was unexpectedly dismissed from the company, announced his plans to establish an AI subsidiary at Microsoft. OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot has played a pivotal role in the swift advancement of artificial intelligence technology.

In the letter, some of OpenAI’s most senior employees threatened to leave the company if the board was not replaced.

“Your actions have made it clear that you are unable to control OpenAI,” said the letter, which was first published by Wired.

On the list of signatories was Ilja Sutskever, the company’s leading researcher and one of the members of the four-member board that voted for Altman’s ouster.

Also included was senior executive Mira Murati, who was named to replace Altman as CEO when he was fired on Friday, but was demoted over the weekend.

“Microsoft has assured us that this new subsidiary will have positions for all OpenAI employees if we choose to join,” the letter says.

According to reports, as many as 500 of OpenAI’s 770 employees signed the letter.

OpenAI has named Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Amazon’s streaming platform Twitch, as its new CEO, despite pressure from Microsoft and other major investors to bring Altman back.

The startup’s board fired Altman on Friday after US media cited concerns that he underestimated the dangers of its technology and led the company away from its stated mission – claims his successor has denied.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in X that Altman “will join Microsoft to lead a new advanced artificial intelligence research group” along with OpenAI founder Greg Brockman and other colleagues.

Altman rose to fame last year with the announcement of ChatGPT, which ignited a race to advance AI research and development and billions in investment in the field.

His dismissal prompted several other high-profile departures from the company, as well as reported pressure from investors to bring him back.

“We’re going to build something new and it’s going to be incredible. The mission continues,” Brockman said, tagging former research director Jakub Pachocki, AI risk assessment director Aleksander Madry and longtime researcher Szymon Sidor.

But OpenAI stood by its decision in a memo sent to employees Sunday night, saying “Sam’s behavior and lack of transparency … undermined the board’s ability to effectively oversee the company,” The New York Times reported.

“Poorly” handled firing

Shear confirmed his appointment as OpenAI’s interim CEO on Monday at X, but also denied reports that Altman was fired over security concerns surrounding the use of AI technology.

“Today I received a call asking me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to be the interim CEO of @OpenAI. After consulting with my family and thinking about it for just a few hours, I accepted,” he wrote. .

“Before hiring, I checked the reasons for the change. The board did not remove Sam due to any particular security disagreement, their reasons were completely different.”

“It is clear that the process and communication surrounding Sam’s removal has been handled very poorly, which has seriously damaged our trust,” Shear added.

The global technology titan Microsoft has invested more than 10 billion dollars in OpenAI and has adopted artificial intelligence technology from Pioneer in its own products.

Microsoft’s Nadella added in his message that “we look forward to getting to know and working with Emmett Shear and the new leadership team at OAI.”

“We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and are confident in our product roadmap,” he said.

OpenAI is competing fiercely with others such as Google and Meta, as well as start-ups such as Anthropic and Stability AI, to develop their own AI models.

Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT are trained to use vast amounts of data to answer questions, even complex ones, in human-like language.

They are also used to create and manipulate images.

But the technology has warned of the dangers of its misuse – from blackmailing people with “deepfake” images to image manipulation and malicious disinformation.

Read the full letter and list below:

To the Board of OpenAI,

OpenAl is the world’s leading Al company. We OpenAl employees have developed the best models and pushed the industry to new limits. Our work on Al safety and governance shapes global standards. The products we manufacture are used by millions of people around the world. So far, the company we work for and cherish has never been in a stronger position.

The process by which you terminated Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and our company. Your behavior has made it clear that you have no authority to control OpenAl.

When we all suddenly found out about your decision, OpenAl’s management team acted quickly to stabilize the company. They listened carefully to your concerns and tried to work with you on every basis. Despite many requests for specific facts regarding your claims, you have never provided written evidence. They also increasingly realized that you were unable to meet your obligations and negotiated in good faith.

The management team suggested that the most stable way forward – the one that would best serve our mission, our company, our stakeholders, employees and the public – would be to resign and establish a competent board that could lead the company forward in stability. .

The manager worked with you around the clock to find a mutually satisfactory outcome. However, within two days of your original decision, you again replaced the interim CEO, Mira Murat, against the company’s interest. You also told the management team that destroying the company “would be consistent with the mission.”

Your actions have made it clear that you cannot control OpenAl. We cannot work for or with people who lack competence, judgment and care about our mission and our employees. We the undersigned can leave OpenAl and join the newly announced Microsoft subsidiary led by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman. Microsoft has assured us that this new subsidiary will have positions for all OpenAl employees if we decide to join. We will take this step in the near future unless all current board members resign and the board appoints two new lead independent directors, Bret Taylor and Will Hurd, and reinstates Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.

1. Mira Murati

2. Brad Lightcap

3. Jason Kwon

4. Wojciech Zaremba

5. Alec Radford

6. Anna Makanju

7. Bob McGrew

8. Srinivas Narayanan

9. Che Chang

10. Lillian Weng

11. Mark Chen

12. Ilya Sutskever

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