Over 700 OpenAI employees have expressed interest in leaving the company after the dismissal of co-founder Sam Altman, with more than half of them expressing a desire to join Microsoft if the board 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.
Microsoft has assured OpenAI employees that there are positions available for all of them in its new subsidiary if they choose to join. OpenAI has appointed a new CEO, Emmett Shear, despite pressure from Microsoft and other investors to bring back Altman.
The employees maintain that if the board does not resign, they will go to Microsoft. Shear denied reports that Altman had been fired over security concerns related to AI technology use. However, OpenAI stands by its decision about Altman, stating that his behavior and lack of transparency compromised the board’s ability to effectively oversee the company.
Microsoft has invested over $10 billion in OpenAI and has integrated their technology into their products. They remain committed to their partnership with OpenAI and are confident in their product roadmap. Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT are powered by large amounts of data and can generate human-like language responses while also manipulating images or creating sounds and expressions.