Open AI staff disagree with former director Altman’s departure, threaten collective redundancy

27. 11. 2023 | Natalie Bezděková

OpenAI employees have expressed their opposition to the dismissal of CEO Samuel Altmann by threatening to quit en masse unless corrective action is taken. Approximately 500 employees have signed a letter calling for the resignation of all current board members and the return of Sam Altmann to lead the organization. Altman was removed as CEO on Friday, a decision that sparked a wave of discontent among employees.

A letter sent by employees to the board expresses their support for Altmann and highlights his key role in the company. The announcement of Altman’s removal also came with the news that another OpenAI co-founder, Greg Brockman, had been removed as chairman of the board. This event led staff to unite in calling for change and a return to the original leadership.

Microsoft, which is a major investor in OpenAI, announced that Altman and Brockman would begin working for it on a new Advanced Artificial Intelligence research team. In response to the news, employees have expressed their intention to move to this new division with Altmann and Brockman if their demands are not met.

OpenAI has become known for its ChatGPT chatbot, which was launched a year ago and sparked increased interest in generative AI. Generative AI uses training on large amounts of data to produce original text or image outputs in response to user input.The question now is how OpenAI’s board and management respond to pressure from employees and whether there will be any changes in the company’s leadership.

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Natalie Bezděková

I am a student of Master's degree in Political Science. I am interested in marketing, especially copywriting and social media. I also focus on political and social events at home and abroad and technological innovations. My free time is filled with sports, reading and a passion for travel.


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