More than 700 OpenAI employees are demanding the board’s departure – they want the president back
Almost all of OpenAI’s employees have threatened to quit and follow the ousted leader, Sam Altman, to work for the company’s largest investor, Microsoft Corp. – Unless the current council resigns.
On Friday, it became known that OpenAI, the company behind chatbot ChatGPT, had fired CEO Sam Altman that day.
The company said the board no longer has confidence in its ability to continue leading OpenAI.
On Monday it became known that Altman got a job at the technology giant Microsoft.
Now more than 700 of the AI company’s roughly 770 employees have signed the letter demanding the board’s resignation, making the future of the high-profile AI startup increasingly uncertain.
The letter called on every board member to resign and Altman to be reinstated, or the employees could “move on” to Microsoft.
Microsoft, which owns 49% of OpenAI, has promised it will have room for all OpenAI employees if they choose to leave.
If that happens, social media expert Stal Lindblad believes it would spell the end of the company.
– If there is no solution that allows Sam Altman to return, most of OpenAI will move to Microsoft, and that will be the end of OpenAI, Lindblad says.
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