Microsoft has hired Sam Altman, former co-founder of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team after his ousting as CEO. Altman’s hiring comes after a chaotic boardroom coup at OpenAI, where he was removed from his position. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Altman and Greg Brockman, along with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead the new team.
With its $13 billion investment, Microsoft is OpenAI’s biggest stakeholder. Altman’s move to Microsoft brought an end to a weekend of feverish speculation that the OpenAI board could perform a dramatic U-turn and rehire the high-flying Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. Altman’s contribution to the development of AI was acknowledged by several technology leaders, including Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt.
Altman will be the CEO of the “new group,” Nadella said in his post. The move to Microsoft comes after Altman’s ousting as CEO of OpenAI, which sparked an open letter from hundreds of OpenAI employees calling for the resignation of OpenAI’s board, accusing it of mishandling Altman’s firing, and threatening to quit and move to Microsoft along with Altman.
Microsoft’s strategic move to secure Altman and Brockman is expected to supercharge its AI efforts, helping it court many businesses. Numerous prominent business leaders and investors have expressed surprise at OpenAI’s decision, warning that without Altman’s leadership, the startup may struggle to maintain its current pace of progress
Microsoft’s hiring of Sam Altman to lead a new advanced AI research team is a strategic move that is expected to supercharge its AI efforts. Altman’s contribution to the development of AI has been acknowledged by several technology leaders, and his move to Microsoft comes after his ousting as CEO of OpenAI.