Microsoft hires former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman
Microsoft hired former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman to lead a new advanced AI research team. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the hiring, expressing excitement and commitment to providing the necessary resources for their success.
Microsoft hired former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman for its advanced AI research team. Altman was dismissed from OpenAI after losing the board’s confidence in his leadership abilities. Following negotiations that failed to bring Altman back to OpenAI, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the hiring of Altman and Brockman. Nadella expressed excitement about the new appointments and assured that Microsoft will provide the necessary resources for their success. Despite Altman’s dismissal, Microsoft noted it will remain dedicated to its partnership with OpenAI.
Altman confirmed his new role, and Nadella hinted at giving founders and innovators space to build independent identities within Microsoft. The new AI research team at Microsoft will also include key OpenAI talent, such as Jakub Pachocki, Szymon Sidor, and Aleksander Madry, in leadership positions.
Why does it matter?
This move has sparked speculation about further resignations at OpenAI, potentially leaving the company in a crisis. On the other hand, Microsoft’s decision to hire Altman and Brockman coincides with their recent development of custom AI chips, signalling the company’s commitment to advancing AI capabilities.