Microsoft has hired Sam Altman, the co-founder and former CEO of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team within Microsoft. This comes after the sudden announcement of his dismissal from OpenAI last Friday. Along with Altman, Greg Brockman, also a co-founder of OpenAI, will be joining Microsoft to lead the new AI research team.
The development of the ChatGPT artificial intelligence platform by OpenAI has been a significant milestone in the field of artificial intelligence and has accelerated the race for AI innovation among major tech companies. Generative artificial intelligence has been compared to the arrival of the internet and is seen as a revolutionary advancement in creating ideas, content, images, and sounds.
Former Twitch boss Emmett Shear has indicated that he agreed to take charge of OpenAI on an interim basis after receiving an invitation to do so only hours after Altman’s dismissal was announced. Shear described it as an opportunity that only happens once in a lifetime. Meanwhile, Mira Murati will continue to serve as interim executive at OpenAI until further notice.
Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and integrated its technology into its own products such as Bing search engine. With Altman and Brockman now joining Microsoft to lead the new advanced AI research team, the partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI continues, and Microsoft remains confident in their product roadmap and ability to innovate. The board of directors at OpenAI cited lack of truthfulness in communication with them as the reason for Sam Altman’s dismissal which hindered their ability to carry out their responsibilities. An independent investigation is planned within 30 days to shed light on the circumstances surrounding his firing and leadership changes within openai . Elon Musk jokingly responded by saying “Now they will have to use Teams!” referring to Microsoft Teams platform.