- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says OpenAI’s governance structure needs to be reformed after the controversial firing of CEO Sam Altman by OpenAI’s board.
- There is ongoing uncertainty around where Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman will end up after leaving OpenAI, with hundreds of employees threatening to follow Altman to Microsoft.
- Despite the leadership turmoil, Nadella says Microsoft remains committed to its partnership with OpenAI and their shared mission of developing AI safely and responsibly.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview that OpenAI’s governance structure needs to be reformed following the sudden firing of CEO Sam Altman last week. The comments come amid confusion over Altman and other executives’ next steps.
Nadella Says Governance Must Change Despite Commitment to OpenAI
In an interview with CNBC, Nadella said “it’s very clear that something has to change around the governance” of OpenAI. This comes after Altman was abruptly removed as CEO by OpenAI’s board. Nadella said Microsoft remains committed to OpenAI and its mission of developing AI safely. However, he said OpenAI’s governance structure clearly needs reforming after the board’s controversial decision to fire Altman.
Uncertainty Around Altman and Brockman’s Future Roles
There is ongoing uncertainty around where Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman will end up after leaving the company. Earlier, Nadella said they would join a new Microsoft AI research group. But later it became less clear they would actually join Microsoft. Hundreds of OpenAI employees signed a letter demanding the board resign and said they may follow Altman to Microsoft. Nadella said it’s up to those employees whether they stay at OpenAI or move to Microsoft.
Microsoft Still Committed to OpenAI Partnership
Despite the leadership turmoil, Nadella said Microsoft remains committed to its partnership with OpenAI. He said critical AI research continues, as does Microsoft’s collaboration with the organization. Nadella said Microsoft respects OpenAI’s nonprofit roots and shares its belief in developing AI safely. The key priority is ensuring AI is built responsibly from the start, Nadella stated.
The drama at OpenAI has raised governance concerns. But Microsoft’s CEO said OpenAI’s mission remains critically important. While OpenAI’s future leadership is uncertain, Nadella expressed optimism about continuing the partnership. However, he made clear that OpenAI’s governance needs reform for the collaboration to be successful long-term.