Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, has found a new role at Microsoft leading a new advanced AI research team. This announcement comes after talks to reinstate Altman at OpenAI failed due to disagreements with the board. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, also revealed that Greg Brockman, co-founder of OpenAI, will be joining the team alongside Altman.
Nadella expressed confidence in Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI and their ability to innovate. He stated, “We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OpenAI’s new leadership team and working with them. And 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.”
Altman responded to Nadella’s announcement, saying, “The mission continues.” He expressed his commitment to advancing AI technology.
Before joining Microsoft, Altman and Brockman met with OpenAI executives at the company’s San Francisco headquarters to discuss a possible return. Altman was open to coming back but wanted governance changes and a statement clearing him of any misconduct. However, these conditions were not met, leading to his departure.
Altman shared a picture of himself from the meeting, wearing a guest badge. He commented, “First and last time I ever wear one of these.”
Altman’s firing from OpenAI was a controversial decision that prompted Brockman to also announce his departure. Altman referred to the experience as “weird” and appreciated the outpouring of love and support he received.
Altman gained recognition in the tech world for his work on ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that can generate human-level content in seconds. Despite his departure from OpenAI, Altman’s contributions to the field of AI are highly regarded.