In response to the dismissal of co-founder Sam Altman, a large number of OpenAI employees have expressed interest in joining Microsoft if the board of directors does not resign. The company’s senior officials, including chief scientist Ilya Sutskever and top executive Mira Murati, have criticized the board’s decision to remove Altman from his position.
More than 500 workers support the sentiment expressed in a letter from a total of 770 OpenAI staff members. The employees maintain that if the board of directors does not resign, they will go to Microsoft. Microsoft has assured them that there are positions for all OpenAI employees in their new subsidiary if they decide to join.
Despite pressure from Microsoft and other investors to bring back Altman, OpenAI has appointed a new CEO, Emmett Shear. However, Shear denied reports that Altman had been fired over security concerns related to the use of AI technology.
Microsoft has invested over $10 billion in OpenAI and has implemented the technology developed by the startup in its own products. The company remains committed to its partnership with OpenAI and is confident in its product roadmap. OpenAI competes with other companies like Google and Meta in the development of AI-based applications. Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT are powered by large amounts of data, allowing them to answer questions in human-like language and generate and manipulate images or create sounds and expressions.