Following Altman’s surprise departure from the business that developed the ChatGPT chatbot, which sparked the rapid growth of AI technology, the OpenAI staff announced that they would follow his lead and launch an artificial intelligence (AI) subsidiary at Microsoft.
Some of OpenAI’s senior employees threatened to quit the company in a letter if the board wasn’t replaced.
The letter, which was first made public on Wired, reads, “The process by which you fired Sam Altman and removed [co-founder and former president] Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and company.”
“Your actions have demonstrated that you lacked the necessary skills to manage OpenAI.”
Should we decide to join this new subsidiary, Microsoft has assured us that there are positions available for all OpenAI employees.
Up to 500 of OpenAI’s 770 employees reportedly signed the letter, according to reports.
Altman was fired by the company’s board on Friday due to worries that he was deviating from its stated mission by underestimating the risks of its technology.
For the third time in recent days, OpenAI has named Twitch’s former CEO Emmett Shear as its new CEO.
Shear refuted claims that Atlman’s firing was motivated by safety concerns in a post on X in which he announced his appointment as interim CEO.
However, Altman’s departure prompted the departures of other prominent company employees and sparked opposition from investors who demanded his return.
OpenAI, however, remained steadfast in its choice.
Sam’s actions and lack of transparency, according to a memo the company sent to staff members on Sunday night, “undermined the board of directors’ ability to effectively supervise the business,” the New York Times  reported.
Altman “will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team,” according to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Brockman, co-founder of Open AI, also announced on X that he would be leaving the company in the wake of altman’s departure.
Microsoft, according to Nadella, is “committed to our partnership with OpenAI” and is eager to collaborate with the company’s new team led by Shear.