Hundreds of OpenAI employees threaten to leave if board doesn't resign

OpenAI, one of the American flagships in the artificial intelligence sector, is still in turmoil. After the ouster of founder and president Sam Altman, the vast majority of employees are threatening to leave as well.

Sam Altman on November 6, 2023 in San Francisco. Getty Images via AFP - JUSTIN SULLIVAN

By: RFI Follow


Read More

With our correspondent in Washington, Guillaume Naudin

On Monday, in a letter to the company's board, 700 of OpenAI's 770 employees threatened to slam the company's door if Altman was not reinstated and the board members did not resign.

Among the signatories is one of the four members of the governing body, who is in fact calling for his own resignation, saying he regrets his decision.

The problem is that Sam Altman, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent figures, has already found a home at Microsoft. On Monday, Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, OpenAI's minority shareholder, announced on X (formerly Twitter) that Sam Altman and former president Greg Brockman, who resigned, would join the creator of Windows "along with other collaborators (...) to lead a new AI research team."

Microsoft's goal is to have this team work in a tailor-made lab. Artificial intelligence is the area of development of the moment, calling for a redefinition of the sector.

On the OpenAI side, Sam Altman's successor has announced an investigation into the conditions of his predecessor's ouster. As for OpenAI's employees, they have already decided, if the artificial intelligence specialist is about to become an empty shell, it is because of the natural stupidity of its leaders.

Read alsoSam Altman fired from OpenAI: "He wanted to make artificial intelligence a real business"

NewsletterGet all the latest international news straight to your inbox

Subscribe now

Keep up to date with all the latest international news by downloading the RFI app


Most read



Lebanon: Fighting of unprecedented intensity on the Israeli border



Apple, IBM, Disney... Advertisers flee social network X after Elon Musk's comments



Mali calls on displaced people to return to Kidal as rebels denounce abuses