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OpenAI’s NDA Practices Under Scrutiny After Resignations

Silence of former OpenAI employees has been linked to highly restrictive nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that prevent them from criticizing OpenAI indefinitely.

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has introduced 4o, featuring a human-like voice, but this milestone is overshadowed by the resignations of key personnel. , co-founder and chief scientist, and Jan Leike, co-leader of the superalignment team, have both stepped down, sparking widespread speculation about the company's internal dynamics and commitment to safety.

Key Resignations at OpenAI

The resignations follow a period of internal conflict at OpenAI. Sutskever, involved in a boardroom dispute that temporarily led to the firing of CEO , later expressed regret and supported Altman's reinstatement. Despite this, Sutskever's continued absence from the company culminated in his resignation. Jan Leike, who had voiced concerns about OpenAI's shift away from a safety-focused culture, simply stated, “I resigned,” in his departure message, later elaborating on his worries about the company's direction.

Nondisclosure Agreements and Their Implications

The silence of former employees has been linked to highly restrictive nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that prevent them from criticizing OpenAI indefinitely. These agreements also stipulate that any breach could result in the loss of vested equity, which for many could amount to millions of dollars. Daniel Kokotajlo, a former employee, confirmed that he forfeited significant equity to leave without signing the NDA. Such practices are unusual even in Silicon Valley, where NDAs are common, but rarely do they threaten already-earned compensation.

The Larger Picture

OpenAI's mission to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI) has always been ambitious. The company aims to create AI systems that surpass human intelligence and can potentially solve major global issues. However, the departure of senior safety-focused team members raises questions about whether OpenAI is still committed to its stated goals of transparency and safety. The company's unique structure, designed to balance profit with accountability, has also come under scrutiny, especially after the board's failed attempt to permanently remove Altman.

The resignations and the restrictive NDAs suggest that OpenAI may be prioritizing its commercial interests over its public commitments to safety and transparency. As the company continues to push towards AGI, the lack of open discourse and external oversight could have significant implications for the future of artificial intelligence and its impact on humanity.

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Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.