OpenAI Staff In Revolt As 500 Threaten To Join Microsoft

From Forbes: OpenAI is facing a mutiny amongst its own staff, with more than 500 threatening to walk out and join former CEO Sam Altman at Microsoft.

In an extraordinary open letter posted by Wired journalist Kara Swisher and signed by 505 members of staff, the group claims that Friday’s firing of CEO Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman has “undermined our mission and company.” Altman and Brockman were both hired by Microsoft to lead a new AI research department earlier Monday.

The group is demanding the resignation of the board of directors and threatening to walk out of the company if that doesn’t occur.

“We, the undersigned, may choose to resign from OpenAI and join the newly announced Microsoft subsidiary run by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman,” the letter states. “Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAI employees at this new subsidiary should we choose to join.”

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