Microsoft has announced that it will hire a large number of OpenAI employees who have threatened to leave the company in response to the dismissal of co-founder Sam Altman. The employees have expressed interest in joining Microsoft if the board of directors does not resign. More than 500 workers support this sentiment, with a total of 770 OpenAI staff members signing a letter expressing their support for the move.
OpenAI’s senior officials, including chief scientist Ilya Sutskever and top executive Mira Murati, have criticized the board’s decision to remove Altman from his position. They maintain that his behavior and lack of transparency undermined the board’s ability to effectively oversee the company.
Microsoft has assured the employees that there are positions available for all OpenAI employees in their new subsidiary if they choose to join. The company has invested over $10 billion in OpenAI and has implemented its technology into its own products. It remains committed to its partnership with OpenAI and is confident in its product roadmap.
OpenAI competes with other companies such as Google and Meta, as well as startups in the development of AI-based applications. Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT are powered by large amounts of data, allowing them to answer questions in human-like language and generate and manipulate images or create sounds and expressions.