The Employee Letter to OpenAI’s Board


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To the Board of Directors at OpenAI,

OpenAl is the world’s main Al firm. We, the workers of OpenAI, have developed the perfect fashions and pushed the sphere to new frontiers. Our work on Al security and governance shapes world norms. The merchandise we constructed are utilized by thousands and thousands of individuals all over the world. Until now, the corporate we work for and cherish has by no means been in a stronger place.

The course of via which you terminated Sam Altman and eliminated Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and firm. Your conduct has made it clear you didn’t have the competence to supervise OpenAl.

When all of us unexpectedly realized of your resolution, the management crew of OpenAl acted swiftly to stabilize the corporate. They rigorously listened to your considerations and tried to cooperate with you on all grounds. Despite many requests for particular information on your allegations, you have got by no means supplied any written proof. They additionally more and more realized you weren’t able to finishing up your duties, and have been negotiating in dangerous religion.

The management crew instructed that probably the most stabilizing path ahead – the one that may greatest serve our mission, firm, stakeholders, workers and the general public – can be so that you can resign and put in place a professional board that would lead the corporate ahead in stability. Leadership labored with you across the clock to discover a mutually agreeable consequence. Yet inside two days of your preliminary resolution, you once more changed interim CEO Mira Murati in opposition to the perfect pursuits of the corporate. You additionally knowledgeable the management crew that permitting the corporate to be destroyed “can be according to the mission.”

Your actions have made it apparent that you’re incapable of overseeing OpenAl. We are unable to work for or with those who lack competence, judgement and look after our mission and workers. We, the undersigned, could select to resign from OpenAI and be a part of the newly introduced Microsoft subsidiary run by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman. Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAl workers at this new subsidiary ought to we select to affix. We will take this step imminently, except all present board members resign, and the board appoints two new lead unbiased administrators, resembling 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

13. John Schulman

14. Barret Zoph


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