OpenAI Infighting Season 2: Ilya didn't show up for a week and hired a private lawyer
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In the first episode, the new position of former Chief Scientist Ilya has not yet been confirmed, and he himself:
I haven't been to the office for a week
A private lawyer was also hired
In the second episode, OpenAI's internal employees may not be as united as Twitter's heart-to-heart Solitaire:
Ultraman is accused of psychologically "abusing employees" before being fired from OpenAI, creating chaos within OpenAI.
Employees may be under peer pressure while signing a joint resignation letter
Ilya didn't go to the office for a week
Although Ultraman sent an internal letter to all employees after his return, he specifically emphasized that he had "zero malice" towards Ilya, and also said that "I hope to continue to work with Ilya, and we are discussing how to let him continue to stay in OpenAI".
But when Ultraman faced the foreign media The Verge, he admitted that he was indeed "hurt and angry".
To this day, Ilya's position is still pending.
Foreign media BusinessInsider learned from insiders that although Ilya's previous role in the company was important, now the work he was previously responsible for is gradually being replaced by others. There was some talk that Ilya would get a new position at the company.
On Friday, Ilya and Greg Brockman posted a photo of themselves smiling and hooking shoulders on X (formerly Twitter) as if to send a signal that they both want to go back to work.
Ran goose, after posting a photo with Brockman, Ilya's first post "Painting Style Mutation":
I've learned a lot over the past month. One lesson is that the phrase "beating will continue until morale improves" is actually applied more often than expected.
The post was deleted shortly after it was posted, and there is no word on what happened.
It was also spoofed as a new meme.
The next revelation was that Ilya hadn't been to the office for a week and had hired lawyer Alex Weingarten of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
An insider said that at present, OpenAI's Slack and other systems still retain Ilya permissions.
Someone who knows Ilya said:
He is a "very deep" person, both emotionally and intellectually, who may not seem entirely focused on the present moment, but is actually just approaching things in a different way.
But what exactly will happen to Ilya? A Microsoft insider believes that Altman, Ilya, and Brockman are unlikely to work together again:
Especially Ilya and Brockman. In Silicon Valley, betrayal between founders is seen as blasphemy.
Similarly, another former OpenAI employee said that some employees loyal to Ultraman may also find it difficult to work with Ilya again:
Once trust is broken, there is no way to restore it.
Ultraman really also passed on the details that had not been revealed before
In addition to Ilya's latest developments, more inside stories of Ultraman's "True Story" incident have been revealed.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the board of directors received a wave of employee complaints before Altman's expulsion, which was a significant factor in the board's sudden decision to fire Altman.
In the complaint, Altman is accused of psychologically "abusing employees", sowing discord among employees, and creating chaos in the company.
For example, Helen Toner, a former member of OpenAI's board of directors, was ousted for publishing a paper that implicitly criticized OpenAI, in which board members believed that Altman lied to them and distorted their thoughts that they all supported Helen's removal.
The allegations triggered a board review of Altman's conduct, and the board also considered complaints from several employees who expressed fear of retaliation from Altman.
One of them told the board that after he provided critical feedback to the CEO, Altman was hostile to him and undermined his position within his team.
In addition, OpenAI may not be as united as it appears to be within the heart.
Soon after Altman was removed as CEO, his supporters began to undermine the board's decision, arguing that the board's actions were illegal.
Businessinsider broke the news that OpenAI employees had faced huge peer pressure on the signing of large-scale resignation letters.
Someone called late at night to urge employees to sign.
For a while, this also caused many employees to post a rebuttal on X:
There was no coercion in the signing of the resignation letter, and half of the people in the company signed the agreement at 2-3 a.m., which is not something that can be solved by peer pressure.
...... (This melon can't be chewed endlessly)
In addition, there is another reason why long-term employees want Altman to return: Altman's departure jeopardizes an investment agreement.
In October, OpenAI organized a new round of tender offers at a valuation of $86 billion, allowing employees to sell their shares back to OpenAI and cash out their shares without waiting for the company to go public, which was originally scheduled to end in early December.
Altman's departure has been rampant, and many people are worried that the tender offer will not go as planned, and some investors have even withdrawn.
However, after Altman's return, it was reported that Altman had postponed the end of the original plan by a month, giving employees more time to consider whether to sell their shares through a tender offer.