Sam Altman to join Microsoft to lead new AI research team
Sam Altman, who has been dismissed as the CEO of OpenAI, is set to take on a new role at Microsoft, heading a fresh team dedicated to artificial intelligence, as announced by the tech giant. Microsoft's CEO and Chairman, Satya Nadella, disclosed on Monday that Altman, along with fellow OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and other ex-OpenAI staff, will be responsible for steering a "new advanced AI research team" within the company. Nadella expressed eagerness to swiftly provide the necessary resources for their success, as conveyed on X, formerly Twitter.
Additionally, Nadella emphasized Microsoft's anticipation of collaboration with OpenAI's new leadership team, which includes interim CEO Emmett Shear, affirming the company's unwavering commitment to its partnership with the AI startup, involving a reported $13 billion investment. The announcement follows media reports that Altman would not be returning to OpenAI.
According to the reports, OpenAI co-founder and board director Ilya Sutskever informed the staff on Sunday night that Altman's return was ruled out after a weekend of negotiations with the board of directors, company leaders, and investors.