OpenAI: Almost all employees sent ultimatum of resignation to management
The drama in OpenAI holds up well and shows that the company is in continuous free fall after the dismissal of the CEO and co-founder, Sam Altman. This move was taken advantage of by Microsoft, which is incidental, o largest investor of the world's leading AI company, joining Altman in its workforce. His checkmate move Satya Nadella within a few 24 hours placed Altman in a new position of power as he will lead the efforts of a new artificial intelligence development division at Microsoft.
At the same time, however, "alalum" prevails in the ranks of OpenAI, with its employees proceeding to mutiny. Within about 24 hours, almost all of the company's employees signed a mass ultimatum to management, stating in effect that if the company's Board of Directors does not resign, to be dissolved and reconstituted, they themselves will quit en masse and go to Microsoft.
The ultimatum was signed by 95% of the company's employees, according to the Wired.com report, or otherwise the 738 out of a total of 770 employees in Open AI. “The process by which you fired Sam Altman and removed him Greg Brockman by the board of directors jeopardized this entire project and undermined our mission and our company”, the letter states. “Your behavior made it clear that you were not fit to oversee OpenAI".
- Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) November 20, 2023
In a remarkable development in the midst of this crisis, the document seems to be signed by Ilya Sutskever, the company's chief scientist and member of the Board of Directors, who accused of orchestrating the coup against Altman.
In fact, he issued a statement through X (formerly Twitter) saying that "I deeply regret my participation in the actions of the Board of Directors. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built and will do anything to επάsue the company.
I deeply regret my participation in the board's actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company.
- Ilya Sutskever (@ilyasut) November 20, 2023
After all this the future of OpenAI hangs in the balance and no one knows what the next hours and days have in store for it, which will undoubtedly be decisive.