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Monday, November 20, 2023

Microsoft tapped Sam Altman to head its AI research division, days after the ChatGPT creator was dismissed from the board of OpenAI. Mr. Altman's firing has stirred controversy, as hundreds of OpenAI staff threaten to quit.



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Oh, this is a "get yer popcorn" event in the tech world.

Nearly All of OpenAI Staff Threaten to Go to Microsoft If Board Doesn't Quit

... Nearly all of OpenAI's employees have threatened to quit and follow ousted leader Sam Altman to work at the company's biggest investor, Microsoft Corp., unless the current board resigns, leaving the future of the high-profile artificial intelligence startup increasingly uncertain.

More than 700 of the AI firm's roughly 770 employees signed a letter on Monday addressed to OpenAI's board stating that the signatories are "unable to work for or with people that lack competence, judgment and care for our mission and employees." The letter called for every member of the board to resign and for Altman to be reinstated, or else employees might jump to Microsoft. The software giant "has assured us there are positions for all OpenAI employees," the letter said.

The extraordinary threat of a mass exodus followed a roller-coaster weekend during which OpenAI's board defied calls from its investors and top executives to reinstate Altman, who was fired following disagreements with the board on how fast to develop and monetize artificial intelligence. OpenAI executives " including then-interim CEO Mira Murati, Chief Operating Officer Brad Lightcap and Chief Strategy Officer Jason Kwon " were negotiating with the board to bring Altman back to the company into Sunday night, according to a source familiar with the discussions, who requested anonymity discussing private information. Instead, the board named a new leader -- former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear " and Microsoft hired Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman to head up a new in-house AI team. ...

This ain't over yet....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-11-20 09:19 PM | Reply

This may have all been a clever effort by microsoft to basically take over openAI and get rid of their policy of prioritizing caution over profit.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2023-11-20 09:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2 ... This may have all been a clever effort by microsoft to basically take over openAI and get rid of their policy of prioritizing caution over profit. ...

Oh yeah.

Outward indications may not be representative of internal machinations.

And given Microsoft's past....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-11-20 09:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

AI / LLM engineers discovered unionization from first principles lol

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2023-11-21 07:39 AM | Reply

Last investment round valued OpenAI at about $90 Billion. Microsoft to date invested $13B into OpenAI research.

Very nice return on investment with now total in-house control over direction of R&D.

Windows 11 already has elements of embedded "LLM inside" in the latest / next release.

#6 | Posted by CutiePie at 2023-11-21 08:30 PM | Reply

It's not like they were working for that ---- show -------- right?

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-11-22 12:02 AM | Reply

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