In a whirlwind turn of events at OpenAI, more than 80% of the workforce has reportedly pledged support for Sam Altman should he initiate a new venture, escalating the ongoing saga within the organization.
This comes amidst negotiations with tech giant Microsoft, where a potential acquisition could grant Microsoft full control over an in-house GPT-4, potentially steering towards AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and igniting long-term conflicts of interest with OpenAI.
While the Microsoft deal hangs in the balance, Altman strives to reclaim his role as OpenAI CEO, supported by Greg Brockman. However, securing this return hinges on the persuasion of two additional board members.
Ilya Sutskever, speculated to be a key figure in these developments, has purportedly aligned with Altman’s camp, further intensifying the internal power struggle.
In response to the chaos, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, addressed the situation, asserting on CNBC and Bloomberg TV the importance of governance changes within OpenAI.
Nadella emphasized Microsoft’s openness to welcoming Altman and the OpenAI staff but stressed the necessity for transparency and cooperation regarding any governance alterations.
With the fate of OpenAI hanging in the balance, the imminent decisions regarding leadership and governance changes hold the key to the organization’s future trajectory.