OpenAI in Crisis: 95% of Employees Threaten Mass Resignation, Eyeing Microsoft Shift
Mass Resignation in OpenAI
OpenAI, finds itself in the midst of internal turmoil as more than 730 employees, making up 95% of the workforce, have signed an open letter threatening to depart unless significant changes are made.
The letter wrote:
"The process through which you terminated Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and company. Your conduct has made it clear you did not have the competence to oversee OpenAI."
The demands include the resignation of the current board and the reinstatement of former CEO Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman.
The catalyst for this employee revolt was Altman's sudden dismissal by the board, coupled with accusations of incompetence against the current leadership.
Notably, even Ilya Sutskever, the company's chief scientist and a board member, signed the letter.
The letter garnered support from 738 out of OpenAI's approximately 770 employees by 5:10PM ET on Monday.
Ilya Sutskever expressed regret for his role in the board's actions, stating on X:
Microsoft's Unexpected Involvement
In a surprising twist, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman would be joining the tech giant to head a new advanced AI research unit.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted on X (formerly known as Twitter):
Upon learning about the possible departures of OpenAI staff, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff extended an invitation to any employees considering leaving the organisation.
In the open letter, the OpenAI staff threaten to join Altman at Microsoft:
"Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAI employees at this new subsidiary should we choose to join,"
This move adds further complexity to OpenAI's future trajectory.
OpenAI Uncertain Future
The internal crisis leaves OpenAI facing an uncertain future.
The organisation, known for its advancements in artificial intelligence, now stands at a crossroads as it navigates through this period of internal upheaval and external developments.