Microsoft has announced the hiring of Sam Altman, co-founder and former CEO of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team within the company. This comes after Altman’s sudden dismissal from OpenAI, which caused shock in the tech world.
Altman and Greg Brockman, both co-founders of OpenAI, will be joining Microsoft to lead this new team. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement on Monday, stating that “The mission continues” and that they remain committed to their agreement with OpenAI.
OpenAI announced significant changes to its leadership last Friday with the departure of Sam Altman as CEO. Mira Murati, the company’s current chief technology officer, was appointed interim executive to lead the artificial intelligence organization. Emmett Shear was also announced as interim leader of OpenAI and plans to open an independent investigation into Altman’s firing.
Altman was fired from OpenAI following a deliberative review by the board of directors who concluded that he was not always truthful in his communication with them. This hindered their ability to carry out their responsibilities as leaders of the company. The board cited his lack of honesty as the reason for his dismissal.
The powerful ChatGPT platform created by OpenAI has gained significant popularity since its first version came out on November 30, 2022. It has accelerated the race for artificial intelligence and faces competition from giants such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Meta. Elon Musk joked in response to Nadella: “Now they will have to use Teams!”