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Salesforce Takes Advantage of OpenAI's Chaos to Recruit AI Experts

Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff is aiming to take advantage of the chaos at OpenAI by offering to match the compensation of any Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts willing to join the CRM giant. Following the launch of its Einstein 1 Platform in September, Salesforce is looking to bolster its AI expertise and Benioff has put out a call for potential recruits. OpenAI, a for-profit company run by a non-profit board of directors, has recently experienced a huge number of plot twists. On Friday, the company’s CEO and public face of generative AI, Sam Altman, was ousted by the board of directors. In addition, CTO Mira Murati was replaced with Emmett Shear, the former chief executive of Twitch. To add to the drama, an open letter signed by 500 OpenAI employees was released, saying that they would follow Altman and Greg Brockman, the company’s co-founder, to Microsoft unless the board reversed its decision. Salesforce is the first major third-player to jump into the fray and Benioff is hoping to benefit from the situation. The company is offering OpenAI researchers who have tendered their resignation full cash & equity OTE to immediately join Salesforce’s Einstein Trusted AI research team under Silvio Savarese. The move raises questions about the potential risks of AI, with many organisations failing to consider the consequences of a technology before it is released. If AI is indeed a major threat, it is important that the industry acts quickly to address the issue. Salesforce is taking the opportunity to add to its AI capabilities and prove that it is serious about AI and its potential. With native Data Cloud and Einstein AI capabilities built on Salesforce’s underlying metadata framework, the platform allows customers to create and train AI-powered applications in a low-code environment. If Benioff can pick up some personnel, it would be a PR win and a big boost for its own AI efforts.

Originally reported by Martech:
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