Redmond, Washington, 20th November 2023: In a surprising turn of events, Samuel Harris Altman, the recently fired CEO of OpenAI, has found a new home at Microsoft. The announcement came directly from Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, who revealed that Altman would be leading a new Advanced AI Research Team alongside Greg Brockman, co-founder and president of OpenAI.
The development follows Altman’s abrupt dismissal from OpenAI on November 17 2023, with the company citing concerns about his abilities. This decision also led to the resignation of Greg Brockman and three senior OpenAI researchers, Jakub Pachocki, Aleksander Mądry, and Szymon Sidor, within hours.
Satya Nadella expressed Microsoft’s commitment to its partnership with OpenAI, despite the recent leadership changes within the organization. He tweeted, “We are committed to our partnership with OpenAI and believe in the roadmap. We look forward to working with Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team.”
Nadella further stated, “We’re thrilled to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with colleagues, will join Microsoft to lead the new Advanced AI Research Team. We look forward to providing them with the resources they need to succeed.”
The move comes after negotiations between OpenAI’s board and Altman regarding his potential return to the company as CEO. However, Microsoft’s outreach to Altman led to a new chapter in his career, and he is set to contribute to Microsoft’s endeavours in the field of artificial intelligence.
As Sam Altman and Greg Brockman take the helm of Microsoft’s Advanced AI Research Team, the industry will be watching closely to see how their leadership shapes the future of AI development within the tech giant.