Sam Altman has joined hands with Microsoft now.
He will be leading the company’s "new advanced AI research team," as confirmed by CEO Satya Nadella.
Altman will also be joined by OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman at Microsoft.
OpenAI recently fired its CEO Sam Altman. This sudden removal of Altman sent shockwaves across the tech industry. In its blog post, OpenAI quite bluntly informed how the board and Altman didn’t see eye to eye on profit and security matters of the company and hence was asked to leave.
Well, Sam Altman was quick to join hands with a new company. Altman has joined hands with Microsoft now and will be leading the company’s “new advanced AI research team,” as confirmed by CEO Satya Nadella himself via an X (formerly Twitter) post. Altman will also be joined by OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman at Microsoft, who was apparently fired for supporting Altman’s ways.
We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners. We look forward to getting to know Emmett…— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) November 20, 2023
In the tweet, CEO Nadella said, “We’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.”
This is particularly important because this announcement has come within just a few days of their removal from OpenAI by the board. Also, let me remind you, that Microsoft is the biggest investor in OpenAI and has invested over $13 billion in the company.
In his tweet, Nadella even shared about and congratulated Emmett Shear, former CEO and co-founder of video game streaming platform Twitch, who will take over from interim CEO Mira Murati within just three days as the new interim CEO of OpenAI. Nadella said, “We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them.”
Rumours suggest that Murati had been removed as she wanted Altman and Brockman back and thus OpenAI felt the need for her to go. In response to the new appointment, Murati tweeted on X (formerly Twitter) “OpenAI is nothing without its people.” She is also expected to join a new place now.