OpenAI executives are trying to smooth out internal discord after the abrupt termination of former CEO and co-founder Sam Altman and others through “intense discussions,” according to a Bloomberg report.
An internal memo from OpenAI vice president of global affairs Anna Makanju, as seen on Nov. 20 by Bloomberg, said top management is trying to unify the staff, currently in upheaval over recent events.
Makanju said OpenAI is communicating with incoming CEO Emmett Shear — the former Twitch CEO who was announced as Altman’s replacement on Nov. 20 — the board of directors and Altman himself.
“But they are not prepared to give us a final response this evening,” she said. According to the report, Makanju noted that discussions would continue on Tuesday and tried to assure employees that “we have a plan that we are working toward.”
This comes as tensions have remained high after Altman’s departure, with threats from most of the staff that they would quit if the current board does not resign and reinstate Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman, who also departed after Altman was fired.
OpenAI employees floods X with these tweets: pic.twitter.com/DRzSQiX2h4
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One member of the board, Ilya Sutskever, took to X (formerly Twitter) and posted that he regrets being a part of the decision that led to the termination of Altman, to which Altman reposted with a “heart” emoji.
I deeply regret my participation in the board's actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company.
Despite everything that ensued, Altman has been active on social media, saying the team has been doing an “incredibleRead more on cointelegraph.com