Over 500 OpenAI employees threaten to quit, join Microsoft if board fails to resign: Reports
Among employees who have issued the warning is Mira Murati, the company's chief technology officer, who was appointed as the interim CEO following Sam Altman's exit.
Employees of OpenAI, the tech firm behind the artificial intelligence (AI)-based chatbot sensation ChatGPT, have threatened to resign enmasse if the company's board of directors failed to step down, reports said on November 20.
Among the signatories of the letter is Mira Murati, the company's chief technology officer, who was appointed as the interim CEO following Altman's exit, the report added.
The letter has also been reportedly signed by Ilya Sutskever, the company's chief scientist, who has expressed “deep regret" over playing a role in the ouster of Altman.
Earlier in the day, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Altman and Brockman, along with their colleagues, would be joining the tech giant.
“We’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success," Nadella tweeted.
The Microsoft CEO, however, clarified that the company would continue to back OpenAI.
"We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners," he added.
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