According to a recent report by REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration, Anthropic’s logo can be seen in an illustration dated March 31, 2023. It is said that OpenAI’s board of directors have approached Anthropic’s CEO, Dario Amodei, to discuss the possibility of replacing their current chief executive, Sam Altman, and merging the two AI startups. However, Amodei declined both proposals as reported by The Information on Monday. OpenAI, led by board member Adam D’Angelo, declined to comment on the matter. The board has since offered ex-Twitch CEO Emmett Shear the position of interim chief, which he accepted. On the other hand, Microsoft has taken on Altman and other key personnel from OpenAI as employees. This has caused unrest in OpenAI as nearly all of its 700 employees are threatening to quit and one of its four-person board members has already resigned.
Anthropic was founded by former executives at OpenAI who left their previous employer in 2020 due to disagreements over the safe development and governance of AI. Anthropic has secured investments from Google and Amazon and its Claude AI models have gained prominence alongside OpenAI’s GPT series. Jeffrey Dastin reported on this topic for Reuters based in San Francisco and holds a degree in history from Yale University. He was part of a team that examined Amazon.com’s global lobbying efforts and earned a SOPA Award in 2022. Urvi Dugar also contributed to this article with reporting from Bengaluru.