Nearly 500 employees at the artificial intelligence company said they would also leave unless specific demands were met.
The future of OpenAI continues to add new uncertainties. After the announcement this Friday of the sudden departure of its now former CEO, Sam Altman just one weekend was enough for the CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella, will confirm that he will join the tech giant to “lead a new advanced research team of artificial intelligence » .
This latest news came suddenly after just a few days. And with her, Now an unexpected step has been revealed, taken by 490 employees of the AI company, responsible for programs such as ChatGPT and DALL-E.
By a letter, They announced that they would resign if certain specific demands within the company are not met. .
What OpenAI staff are demanding after Sam Altman’s departure
The signatories of the document declared that They will leave if the board does not resign and Altman is reinstated as CEO with co-founder and former president Greg Brockman.
“The process by which you fired Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board jeopardized all of that work and undermined our mission and our company. Their conduct clearly showed that they lacked the competence to oversee OpenAI. “, we read in the letter to which he had access Wired .
In the same waythey stated that if their demands are not met, in addition to resigning, they will choose to go to Microsoft with the former executive director .
According to the information collected by the aforementioned media, it is striking to note that among the signatories is Ilya Sutskever, the company’s chief technology officer, accused of coordinating the release by Altman.
During this Monday morning, he himself wrote on his X account, the social network formerly known as Twitter: “I deeply regret my participation in the actions of the board of directors. It was never my intention to harm OpenAI. “I love everything we’ve built together and will do everything I can to bring the company together.” .
Until No further details were reported on possible repercussions. of this letter.
You can read it in full below:
“To the OpenAI Board of Directors,
OpenAI is the world leader in AI. We, OpenAI employees, have developed the best models and taken this field to new frontiers . Our work on AI security and governance shapes global standards. The products we create are used by millions of people around the world. Until now, the company we work for and love has never been in a stronger position.
The process by which Sam Altman was fired and Greg Brockman removed from the board of directors jeopardized all of that work and undermined our mission and our company. . His conduct clearly showed that he lacked the competence to oversee OpenAI.
When we all unexpectedly learned of their decision, the OpenAI management team acted quickly to stabilize the company. They listened carefully to their concerns and tried to cooperate on all aspects. Despite numerous requests for specific information about their allegations, no written proof has ever been provided. Furthermore, They increasingly realize that they are incapable of fulfilling their duties and that they are negotiating in bad faith. .
The leadership team suggested that the most stable path forward, the one that would best serve our mission, our business, our stakeholders, our employees and the public, would be that you resign and constitute qualified counsel who could run the company with stability.
Management has worked with you day and night to find a mutually acceptable solution. However, two days after their initial decision, they again replaced interim CEO Mira Murati, against the company’s interests. . They also informed the leadership team that allowing the company to be destroyed “would be consistent with the mission.”
Their actions made it clear that They are unable to supervise OpenAI. We are unable to work for or with people who lack skill, judgment and concern for our mission and our employees. .
We the undersigned, we can choose to resign from OpenAI and join the newly announced Microsoft subsidiary led by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman. Microsoft assured us that there would be positions for all OpenAI employees in this new subsidiary if we decided to join. . “We will take this action imminently, unless all current board members resign and the board appoints two new lead independent directors, including Bret Taylor and Will Hurd, and reinstates Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.”