Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A total of 667 people out of a total of 770 OpenAI employees threatened to leave simultaneously from the company that makes ChatGPT. Apparently, they have been offered jobs by Microsoft.
The company’s threat to resign was stated in a jointly signed open letter. In the letter, 667 employees, including board of commissioners member Ilya Sutskever, asked OpenAI’s board of commissioners to resign.
If members of OpenAI’s board of directors refuse to resign, 667 employees will join Sam Altman, the CEO who was abruptly fired last weekend, at Microsoft.
“Your actions [dewan komisaris] shows that you do not have the ability to supervise OpenAI,” wrote the open letter quoted by CNBC International, Tuesday (21/11/2023).
Mira Murati. (AP/Barbara Ortutey)
In the letter, the employees stated that Microsoft had made a commitment to employ them.
Apart from Sutskever, other OpenAI officials also included their names, including CTO Mira Murati, COO Brad Lightcap. Murati was appointed interim CEO after Altman was fired and before the appointment of Twitch founder Emmett Shear as the new CEO of OpenAI.
Altman was fired last Friday by OpenAI’s board of directors citing a “communication failure.” This decision was criticized not only by OpenAI employees, but also investors.
The board of commissioners then attempted to persuade Altman to return, but failed.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella later announced Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman were joining Microsoft to form an independent company.
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