Even though it had been announced earlier in the day that Sam Altman would be joining Microsoft’s artificial intelligence innovation group, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made hints on Monday that he was still open to Altman returning to OpenAI.

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When asked if Sam Altman will truly join Microsoft in a Monday interview, Nadella said, “open to both options.”

We specifically chose to work with OpenAI, and we hope to do so in the future. Obviously, that depends on the OpenAI team staying in that location or moving to Microsoft.”

The unexpected firing of Sam Altman by the board on Friday caused chaos at OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT. Microsoft is one of the largest investors in OpenAI, having contributed $13 billion to the firm.

A chaotic weekend followed Altman’s firing: hundreds of OpenAI employees threatened to quit, and Greg Brockman, the company’s president, resigned. Additionally, Mira Murati was designated as the company’s acting CEO.

Microsoft stated that it will recruit Sam Altman after OpenAI named Emmett Shear, a co-founder of Twitch, as its new interim CEO on Monday. Following the announcement, Microsoft’s stock finished at an all-time high.

However, with OpenAI’s leadership structure in flux, word quickly spread that Sam Altman was considering a comeback to the organization.

Microsoft’s commitment to Sam Altman and OpenAI, “irrespective of configuration,” was reaffirmed by Nadella.

If Sam Altman and Greg aren’t going to be at OpenAI, we clearly want them to have a great place to live,” he stated.

In response to a question concerning Microsoft’s stance on OpenAI and the likelihood of landing a board position, Nadella stated, “It’s obvious that the governance needs to be changed.”

When asked whether Sam Altman may eventually be considered for the CEO position at Microsoft if he joins the business, Nadella waved back in a different interview that aired on Kara Swisher’s “On” podcast on Monday.

Open AI Employees Quit Job

Nearly all of OpenAI’s employees have now signed a letter threatening to quit and join a new business venture headed by Sam Altman, the company’s fired CEO. Approximately 95% of the company’s workforce, or 738 out of 770 total employees, are now included on the letter that was issued early this morning.

The letter demands that Sam Altman be restored along with his fellow cofounder of OpenAI and close colleague Greg Brockman. It also demands that the board that dismissed Altman and demoted Brockman from chairship step down and nominate new board members.

On Friday, Sam Altman was let go from his role as OpenAI CEO. Hours after Altman’s dismissal, Brockman lost his job as chair and resigned from the business in protest. According to the letter made public today, the board was unable to produce documentation to support its decision to terminate their employment.

Altman appeared to be on the verge of reclaiming his job during a dramatic weekend that captured the attention of the IT community. He went to the company’s headquarters to talk about the prospect. Following the breakdown of talks, Microsoft said that Altman and Brockman would be joining a new division to focus on artificial intelligence. Emmett Shear, the temporary CEO of OpenAI who had previously led Amazon’s Twitch streaming business, took over for interim CEO Mira Murati, who had been the company’s CTO.

On Monday, Vinod Khosla, whose venture capital company is a significant supporter of OpenAI, demanded that Shear step down and questioned the legitimacy of the board’s decision. Joshua Kushner of Thrive Capital, a fellow OpenAI investor, declared his support for the employee-led effort to have Altman reinstated. He stated in a post on X that “founders deserve to run their own businesses.” Khosla did not reply to demands for comment, and Thrive declined to comment.

A little under 500 individuals signed the OpenAI staff letter when it was originally made public this morning, and interestingly, among them was Ilya Sutskever, the company’s top scientist and the board member who informed Altman that he would be sacked on Friday. Following the letter’s publishing, a corporate employee, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “More are signing as they wake up.” The staff member claims that the board has not communicated much and has not provided any more justification for Altman’s dismissal.

Some employees with work permits linked to OpenAI, which make it hard to move businesses, wrote on X today to clarify that they signed the letter despite this. “If I resign, I will also lose my research visa,” The chief of applied research at the business, Boris Power, Wrote.

According to a recent story by The Verge, Sam Altman expressed interest in rejoining OpenAI provided that the present board members resigned.

Workers at OpenAI said they were taken aback by the board’s choice to fire Altman. “We have concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities,” the board stated in its statement on Friday. Because of OpenAI’s unique organizational structure, the board of the project’s initial nonprofit organization controls a for-profit business that was established in 2019 to oversee OpenAI’s AI efforts and attract outside funding.

Open AI Collapse

The IT industry is surprised and confused by OpenAI’s collapse. OpenAI was a high-flying business whose ChatGPT quickly became one of the most astonishing and contentious innovations in tech history.

Less than a year ago, OpenAI released ChatGPT, a chatbot that showed amazing conversational and problem-solving skills, making it the most prominent firm in the IT sector. With style, Altman rode this tsunami of success, meeting with world leaders keen to talk about artificial intelligence and its possibilities and brokering a deal that would see Microsoft spend an additional $10 billion in OpenAI.

This month, Sam Altman made the announcement at the company’s inaugural developer conference that an app store for personalized chatbots will be launched. As for Altman’s plans in recent months, a source commenting on the condition of anonymity said he was also looking for billions in funds to start a chipmaking endeavor that would threaten Nvidia’s hegemony.

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The enormous commercial success of OpenAI contrasted sharply with its risk-averse origins as a nonprofit organization founded in 2015 to act as a check on the AI research facilities of large tech giants like Google.

The initial goal of the project, “To ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity,” has retained the nonprofit board’s fiduciary role in supervising the for-profit business that has housed OpenAI’s AI work since 2019. The board may have felt that Sam Altman’s actions conflicted with the organization’s objective because of the way it claimed he had been “hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”

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