Sam Altman, former OpenAI CEO, and President Greg Brockman will join Microsoft to spearhead a new advanced AI research team, Satya Nadella announced in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.
In his post on X, he mentioned, "We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners. We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI'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. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success."
Retweeting Satya Nadella's post, Sam Altman, on his social media platform X, wrote, "The mission continues."
Sam Altman, CEO and co-founder of OpenAI, the organisation behind ChatGPT, has left the artificial intelligence company and resigned from its board with immediate effect on November 17. This unexpected exit caused a stir within the technology industry. In a Friday blog post, the company announced that OpenAI's board has lost confidence in Altman's capacity to lead the organization.
Following the termination of Sam Altman, due to a lack of consistent transparency with the board of directors, Greg Brockman, the President and co-founder of OpenAI, has also resigned from his position as chairman of the board.
Originally established as a nonprofit in 2015, OpenAI aimed to prevent advanced AI from falling into the hands of monopolistic corporations. However, after receiving a significant investment from Microsoft in 2019, the company transitioned to a for-profit structure. OpenAI continues to assert its commitment to building AI for the benefit of humanity, but recent developments suggest a more conventional business approach.
In May, the company initiated a hiring spree, attracting executives from Meta, Apple, and Amazon Web Services. Altman's global engagements with world leaders and developers, coupled with the company's expansion in San Francisco, underscore a shift in OpenAI's trajectory from its original nonprofit mission, The Washington Post reported.