OpenAI faces internal unrest as employees demand the reinstatement of ousted CEO Sam Altman and the resignation of the board. The turmoil follows Altman’s unexpected dismissal, with staff threatening to join him and Greg Brockman at a new Microsoft AI unit. The move has raised questions about OpenAI’s leadership, governance, and Microsoft’s involvement, given its significant stake in OpenAI.
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