The dismissal of OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman has led to a significant number of employees threatening to leave the company and expressing interest in joining Microsoft. The board of directors at OpenAI has been criticized by senior officials, including chief scientist Ilya Sutskever and top executive Mira Murati, for removing Altman from his position. Over 500 workers have expressed support for this sentiment, which was expressed in a letter from a total of 770 OpenAI staff members.
The employees at OpenAI have indicated that if the board does not resign, they will consider joining Microsoft. The company has assured them that there are positions available for all employees who choose to join its new subsidiary. Despite pressure from Microsoft and other investors, OpenAI has appointed Emmett Shear as CEO, even though there have been calls for Altman to be reinstated.
OpenAI’s decision about Altman’s removal was based on concerns about his behavior and lack of transparency, which undermined the board’s ability to effectively oversee the company. However, Shear has denied reports that Altman was fired over security concerns related to AI technology use.
Microsoft has invested heavily in OpenAI and is committed to its partnership with the startup. The company plans to continue using the technology developed by OpenAI in its own products while remaining confident in its product roadmap. There is competition between OpenAI and other companies like Google and Meta in the development of AI-based applications.
Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT use large amounts of data to allow them to answer questions in human-like language and create images or sounds or expressions with manipulation capabilities.