San Francisco, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 21st Nov, 2023) Hundreds of staff at OpenAI threatened to quit the leading artificial intelligence company on Monday and join Microsoft, deepening a crisis triggered by the shock sacking of CEO Sam Altman.
There was talk Monday that OpenAI is interested in Altman returning, and that he may be open to the idea under certain conditions.
“We want to partner with Open AI and we want to partner with Sam so irrespective of where Sam is he’s working with Microsoft,” chief executive Satya Nadella said in a streamed Bloomberg interview.
“That was the case on Friday. That’s the case today. And we absolutely believe that will be the case tomorrow.”
In a letter released to media, the vast majority of OpenAI’s 770-strong staff suggested they would follow Altman unless the board responsible for his departure resigned.
“Your actions have made it obvious that you are incapable of overseeing OpenAI,” the letter said. “Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAI employees at this new subsidiary should we choose to join.”
Among the signatories was co-founder Ilya Sutskever, the company‘s chief scientist and a member of the four-person board who pushed Altman out.
“We are all going to work together some way or other, and I’m so excited,” Altman said on X.
OpenAI has appointed Emmett Shear, a former chief executive of Amazon’s streaming platform Twitch, as its new CEO despite pressure from Microsoft and other major investors to reinstate Altman.
After the startup’s board sacked Altman, US media cited concerns that he was underestimating the dangers of its tech and leading the company away from its stated mission — claims his successor has denied.
Nadella wrote on X that Altman will lead a new advanced AI research team at Microsoft, joined by OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman.
Global tech titan Microsoft has invested more than $10 billion in OpenAI and has rolled out the artificial intelligence pioneer’s tech in its own products.
Nadella said Microsoft remains committed to its partnership with OpenAI.
The drama was the talk of Silicon Valley on Monday.
“I know that some people are going to hate me for this, but this is the best show I’ve seen in my life,” added Miguel Fierro, the tech giant’s Principal Data Scientist Manager.