After the unexpected firing of former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman on Friday, OpenAI’s board of directors approached Dario Amodei, the co-founder and CEO of rival large-language model developer Anthropic, about a merger of the two companies, according to a report by The Information, which cited a “person with direct knowledge.”
The person said OpenAI’s board approached Amodei after they fired Altman on Friday. They noted the deal was sweetened to allow Amodei to replace Altman as CEO.
The Information reported Amodei declined the offer, adding, “It’s not clear whether the merger proposal led to any serious discussion.”
Reuters also reported Amodei declined the offer, citing two people briefed on the matter.
OpenAI’s board of directors replaced Altman on Sunday with ex-Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Then, on Monday, Altman joined a new advanced AI research team at Microsoft, as well as other OpenAI staff, ‘to continue the mission’:
the mission continues https://t.co/d1pHiFxcSe
— Sam Altman (@sama) November 20, 2023
Later on Monday, 700 OpenAI employees threatened to resign if the board that ousted Altman did not change. The employees represent about 90% of OpenAI’s workforce, and if a…
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