The majority of OpenAI’s around 770 employees have now signed on to a letter that threatens to resign in protest over the board’s decision to remove CEO Sam Altman. They are demanding that he be put back into his position.
A letter threatening to leave OpenAI and join a new business founded by the company’s former CEO, Sam Altman, has now been signed by ALMOST THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE COMPANY. The letter that was distributed early this morning includes the names of approximately 738 of the company’s approximately 770 workers, which represents almost 95 percent of the workforce.
The letter demands that both Altman and his fellow OpenAI cofounder and close colleague Greg Brockman be restored, that the board that fired Altman and removed Brockman from his position as chair resign, and that new board members be chosen. In addition, the letter begs for the appointment of new board members.
On Friday, Altman was relieved of his duties as CEO of OpenAI after being removed from his position. Brockman was forced out of his role as chair of the corporation, and he resigned from his employment there a few hours later in protest over the firing of Altman.
According to the letter that was made public today, the board of directors did not present any documented proof to support their decision to remove them from their posts.
During a tumultuous weekend that captured the attention of everyone in the internet world, Altman appeared to be on the verge of reclaiming his position, and he went to the company’s headquarters to discuss the possibilities. Following the failure of discussions, Microsoft made the announcement that Altman and Brockman would be joining a new subsidiary to concentrate on artificial intelligence.
Emmett Shear, who was once the leader of Amazon’s Twitch streaming service, has taken over as the interim CEO of OpenAI. Shear succeeded Mira Murati, who was formerly the company’s CTO.
On Monday, Vinod Khosla, whose venture firm is a significant sponsor of OpenAI, called for Shear to quit and questioned the legitimacy of the board’s move. Khosla also questioned whether or not the board’s action was lawful. Joshua Kushner, an investor with Thrive Capital and a fellow OpenAI investor, stated that he was behind the employee-led drive to reinstate Altman.
In a post that he made on X, he stated that “Founders deserve to run their own businesses.” Both Thrive and Khosla did not respond to requests for comment after being given the opportunity to do so.
When it was initially made public this morning, the letter from OpenAI personnel had the signatures of just under 500 people on it. Remarkably, one of those signatories was Ilya Sutskever, the head scientist at the business and the board member who informed Altman he had been sacked on Friday.
An employee of the organization, who requested anonymity in order to speak publicly about the matter today after the letter was made public, stated that “more are signing as they wake up.” The employee claims that there has been very little communication from the board and that there has been no further explanation of why Altman was fired.
Some staff members who are working on work permits related to OpenAI, which make it difficult for them to leave firms, commented on X today to declare that they signed the letter regardless. Boris Power, who was the chief of applied research at the company, wrote in his resignation letter, “I’m also on a research visa, which I will lose if I resign.”
According to a report published today by The Verge, Altman has not closed the door on a possible return to OpenAI in the event that the organization’s present directors resigned their positions.
The decision to fire Altman came as a surprise to the staff of OpenAI, according to their statements. In the announcement that they made on Friday, the board stated that they had “come to the conclusion that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, thereby hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”
The peculiar organizational structure of OpenAI sets the board of the project’s initial nonprofit business in control of a for-profit company that was established in 2019 to direct OpenAI’s work on artificial intelligence and attract outside investment.
The implosion of OpenAI, a high-flying firm whose ChatGPT quickly became one of the most astonishing and contentious innovations in the history of technology, has surprised and bewildered those working in the technology business.
After the release of ChatGPT, a chatbot that displayed outstanding conversational and problem-solving abilities just under a year ago, OpenAI emerged as the most prominent business in the technology industry.
Altman rode this tsunami of success with grace, visiting world leaders keen to debate artificial intelligence and its possibilities, and negotiating a deal that would see Microsoft invest an additional $10 billion in OpenAI. Both of these accomplishments were accomplished simultaneously.
This month, during the company’s first developer conference, Altman announced the establishment of an app store for the distribution of individualized chatbots. According to a source who spoke under the condition of anonymity about Altman’s objectives in the most recent months, he was also looking for billions of dollars in capital to establish a chipmaking venture that would threaten Nvidia’s dominance.
OpenAI was founded in 2015 as a risk-averse nonprofit organization with the intention of serving as a counterweight to the artificial intelligence labs of large technology corporations such as Google. However, the company’s subsequent commercial success reached unprecedented heights.