OpenAI has faced severe backlash from employees and senior officials following the board’s decision to dismiss co-founder Sam Altman. The majority of the staff have expressed their criticism and displeasure, with over 500 of the 770 employees at OpenAI considering leaving if the board does not resign. Among the signatories of the 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 chief executive.
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 amidst ongoing turmoil. The decision to hire Altman at Microsoft has raised questions about the future of the alliance between Microsoft and OpenAI.
Microsoft CEO Sattya Nadella confirmed Altman’s new role at the company while also expressing commitment to their partnership with OpenAI. However, uncertainty remains within the tech industry regarding what this means for OpenAI’s leadership and future partnership with Microsoft. Despite this, there is potential for new opportunities and growth in both companies.