/ 22 November 2023

Threats and apologies at OpenAI

Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch
Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch

The OpenAI saga continues… Investors in the organisation that birthed ChatGPT are considering legal action after the board’s sudden sacking of CEO Sam Altman. The decision has sparked threats of a mass walkout from the company’s 700+ employees – they have been offered jobs at Microsoft, where Altman and OpenAI co-founder/president Greg Brockman have landed. Adding to the mayhem, board member/chief scientist Ilya Sutskever says he deeply regrets his actions – he led the revolt against Altman due to worries over the fast-track approach to releasing the organisation’s AI products. “I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we’ve built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company,” Sutskever said on X. The future of OpenAI – a big player in the AI industry – is now up in the air. It’s “the debacle of the decade”, said one analyst.

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