Microsoft’s Offer Amidst OpenAI Crisis: Microsoft, a significant investor in OpenAI, has extended an offer to match the salaries of any OpenAI employees who choose to join Microsoft. This proposal comes amid a period of instability at OpenAI, highlighted by the controversial dismissal of CEO Sam Altman.
Sam Altman’s Potential Move to Microsoft: Following his departure from OpenAI, Sam Altman received an offer from Microsoft to head a new advanced AI research team. However, his decision to join Microsoft remains uncertain, as he navigates the recent upheaval at OpenAI.
OpenAI Staff’s Collective Action: The crisis at OpenAI has led to a significant internal movement, with a majority of its staff threatening to resign. According to Evan Morikawa, an engineering manager at OpenAI, 743 out of 770 employees have signed a letter demanding the reinstatement of Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman, and calling for the board’s resignation.
Microsoft’s Assurance to OpenAI Staff: Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott confirmed the company’s commitment to OpenAI’s staff. He assured that Microsoft is prepared to hire OpenAI employees, maintaining their current compensation levels, should they choose to make the transition.
Future of OpenAI and Its Relationship with Microsoft: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed openness to different outcomes concerning OpenAI’s future. He mentioned the possibility of OpenAI staff staying or joining Microsoft and emphasized the need for changes in OpenAI’s governance.
Governance Changes and Boardroom Dynamics: Despite Microsoft’s deep investment and extensive use of OpenAI’s technology, Microsoft currently holds no boardroom influence in OpenAI. Nadella hinted at potential governance changes and discussions with OpenAI’s board, signaling a possible shift in the relationship between the two tech giants.