OpenAI employees are threatening to quit and join Microsoft

The future of OpenAI was thrown into chaos on Monday after hundreds of employees at the artificial intelligence company threatened to walk off the job to join ousted Microsoft CEO Sam Altman.

Late Sunday, OpenAI's board said it would support Altman's ouster and named Emmett Shear as interim CEO. Meanwhile, Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, hired Altman to lead its AI research.

According to media reports, employees have signed a letter threatening to quit unless the current board steps down and appoints Altman as CEO. Those who signed the letter included board member Ilya Sutzkever — the OpenAI co-founder and board director who fired Altman on Friday — who appeared to support Altman's return as CEO at X, formerly known as Twitter.

“I deeply regret my participation in the council's actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI,” Sutzkever wrote in the X post. “I love everything we've built together and will do everything I can to bring the company together.”

Altman and Greg Brockman, the former president of OpenAI, who also resigned Friday in solidarity with Altman, got the message and retweeted Sutzkever's post with heart. Confused observers tried to keep track of Silicon Valley's fastest-swinging city council controversy.

A lot of what the employees feel is playing out publicly at X, as dozens of OpenAI employees expressed their support for Altman: “OpenAI is nothing without its people.”

The latest development comes after a chaotic, fast-paced weekend for OpenAI. On Friday, its board abruptly removed Altman as CEO, saying he was “consistently not candid” in his communications. That began a whirlwind two-day period during which Altman returned to company headquarters to negotiate his potential return to the AI ​​lab. with Brockman.

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