The ex-CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, is going to work with Microsoft. He’ll be in charge of a new team focused on advanced AI research, as shared by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Altman and Brockman to Lead New AI Research Team
Nadella mentioned on the social media platform X that Altman, along with Greg Brockman (former OpenAI President and Board Chair) and some other colleagues, will lead this new AI research team at Microsoft. Microsoft has put a lot of money into OpenAI and has a strong technology partnership with them.
“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success,” Nadella said.
“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.”
Altman shared Nadella’s post and added a somewhat mysterious comment: “The mission continues.”
Altman had been the leader of the company since 2019. However, OpenAI’s board announced on Friday that they were removing Altman and temporarily replacing him with technology chief Mira Murati. The announcement mentioned that Altman “was not consistently honest in his communications with the board.”
Despite this, a group of OpenAI investors continued to advocate for Altman to return as CEO over the weekend.
OpenAI Welcomes Emmett Shear as CEO
On Sunday night, OpenAI announced that former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear would be taking charge of the artificial intelligence company. Shortly after this, Nadella revealed that Altman and Brockman, who was removed from his chairman role on Friday and later resigned from the company, would become part of the Microsoft team.
Nadella expressed his anticipation for getting to know Shear and the new leadership team at OpenAI.
OpenAI, which was recently in discussions to sell employee shares to investors at an $86 billion valuation, gained widespread recognition this year with the launch of its ChatGPT chatbot in late 2022. ChatGPT allows users to input simple text queries and receive answers, leading to more in-depth conversations.
In a strategic move, former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman joins Microsoft to lead an advanced AI research team. Despite leadership changes and board dynamics at OpenAI, Microsoft expresses commitment to the partnership, highlighting support and resource allocation. Altman’s return to a pivotal role reflects ongoing collaboration, while OpenAI welcomes Emmett Shear as CEO.