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550 OpenAI Employees Ask Board To Quit Or They'll Resign

OpenAI stands as a global leader in artificial intelligence. Their dedicated team, propelling advancements in the field, has crafted cutting-edge models and played a pivotal role in defining safety and governance standards for AI worldwide.

The widespread use of our products attests to the impact we’ve made, placing our company at an unparalleled pinnacle.

FILE PHOTO: OpenAI logo is seen in this illustration taken, February 3, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

However, the recent actions involving the termination of Sam Altman and the removal of Greg Brockman from the board have cast a shadow over our achievements and mission.

The decision-making process has raised concerns about the competence of those overseeing OpenAI. This has caused significant disruption and threatens the stability of the groundbreaking work we’ve undertaken.

Upon learning of these decisions, the leadership team at OpenAI swiftly intervened to stabilize the company. They engaged in open dialogue, addressing concerns and seeking collaboration.

Despite numerous requests for substantiation of allegations, no written evidence has been provided. It has become increasingly apparent that your capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of overseeing OpenAI is questionable, and negotiations have been hindered by a lack of good faith.

The leadership team suggested that the most stabilizing path forward – the one that would best serve our mission, company, stakeholders, employees and the public – would be for you to resign and put in place a qualified board that could lead the company forward in stability.

Leadership worked with you around the clock to find a mutually agreeable outcome. Yet within two days of your initial decision, you again replaced interim CEO Mira Murati against the best interests of the company. You also informed the leadership team that allowing the company to be destroyed “would be consistent with the mission.”

Your actions have made it obvious that you are incapable of overseeing OpenAl. We are unable to work for or with people that lack competence, judgement and care for our mission and employees. We, the undersigned, may choose to resign from OpenAl and join the newly announced Microsoft subsidiary run by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.

Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAl employees at this new subsidiary should we choose to join. We will take this step imminently, unless all current board members resign, and the board appoints two new lead independent directors, such as Bret Taylor and Will Hurd, and reinstates Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.

1. Mira Murati
2. Brad Lightcap
3. Jason Kwon
4. Wojciech Zaremba
5. Alec Radford
6. Anna Makanju
7. Bob McGrew
8. Srinivas Narayanan
9. Che Chang
10. Lillian Weng
11. Mark Chen
12. Ilya Sutskever

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