Over the weekend, Sam Altman, recently ousted as CEO of OpenAI, has found a new home at Microsoft, leading a fresh team dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence, according to an announcement by Microsoft CEO and Chairman Satya Nadella on X (formerly Twitter).
Even though there were talks to patch things up with OpenAI, Nadella spilled the beans about Altman’s next big thing. Altman is teaming up with co-founder Greg Brockman and some old OpenAI members to lead an advanced AI research unit at Microsoft.
Nadella emphasized continued collaboration with OpenAI’s fresh leadership, led by interim CEO Emmett Shear. Microsoft’s committed partnership with the AI startup, boasting a reported investment of $13 billion, remains unwavering, as noted by Al Jazeera.
Following Altman’s abrupt dismissal, Brockman announced his resignation from the presidency at OpenAI, shaking the tech industry. This move amplifies Microsoft’s seriousness about getting the latest and greatest in AI tech and smart people.
Altman quickly hopped on board with Microsoft after talks to bring him back as OpenAI’s CEO fell through. The OpenAI board wasn’t budging, so Emmett Shear stepped up as the temporary CEO, filling in for Mira Murati after Altman left out of the blue. Even though OpenAI hasn’t officially said Shear’s in charge, it looks like they’re about to. Microsoft hiring Altman is a big clue.
Altman shared a pic on X wearing an OpenAI badge, saying, “This is the first and last time I’m wearing one of these.” His sudden departure left OpenAI’s current and past workers upset, especially with an $86 billion share sale on the horizon and no stable leadership.
Before Microsoft scooped up Altman and Brockman, people were saying that if Altman went back to OpenAI, Microsoft might join the board. They could either be a decision-maker or just watch from the sidelines, but it was something people were thinking about even before Altman and Brockman joined Microsoft.