Microsoft hires Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI. After Altman's resignation last Friday, Satya Nadella announces that the former CEO of OpenAI, together with his co-founder, will join the advanced AI research team at Microsoft

Microsoft hires Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI

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After Altman's resignation last Friday, Satya Nadella announces that the former CEO of OpenAI, together with his co-founder, will join the advanced AI research team at Microsoft

After the recent dismissal of Sam altman, former CEO of OpenAI, Microsoft announced his hiring, along with co-founder Greg Brockman. Altman's decision to leave OpenAI was made on Friday after the board expressed a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the organization. After some negotiations over the weekend to consider Altman's return to OpenAI, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, revealed that Altman and Brockman will lead Microsoft's new advanced artificial intelligence research team.

Two big names in OpenAI are at Microsoft

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Altman shared his decision to join Microsoft by reposting a message from Nadella with the caption “the mission continues.” Nadella responded to the publication offering some indications about how he sees Altman's role at Microsoft. In this answer Nadella positioned itself as follows: “We've learned a lot over the years about giving founders and innovators space to build independent identities and cultures within Microsoft, including GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn, and I look forward to you doing the same".

From left to right: satya nadella, greg brockman and sam altman. Image: times now
From left to right: Satya Nadella, Greg Brockman and Sam Altman. Image: Times Now

We are extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with colleagues, will join Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We hope to act quickly to provide you with the resources you need to succeed.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, on revealing the hiring of Altman and his colleague Brockman

And it's not just these two names that are migrating to Microsoft. brockman revealed that Microsoft's new advanced AI research team will feature top talent from OpenAI. Jakub Pachocki, currently director of research at OpenAI, will assume an as-yet-unspecified leadership role on Microsoft's advanced AI research team. Szymon sidor, research scientist at OpenAI, and Alexander Madry, head of readiness, are also transitioning to Microsoft in leadership roles, as communicated by Brockman. The message “OpenAI is nothing without its people” is being shared by employees on Platform X, suggesting the possibility of more layoffs on the horizon.

Altman was involved in negotiations to resume the CEO role at OpenAI, but, according to multiple sources cited by the outlet The Verge, OpenAI's four-member board refused to resign and allow his return. Recently Altman also reportedly launched an independent startup focused on building tensor processing units (TPU) customized for artificial intelligence, designed to compete with the products of NVIDIA. The TPU project was called “Tigris” and attracted significant investment from several venture capital firms, including sparking the interest of Microsoft itself.

Related projects and Microsoft x OpenAI relationship

Microsoft has just established a new advanced research team in artificial intelligence, with the leadership of Altman and Brockman. This development comes just a week after Microsoft unveiled the creation of its own custom AI chip, intended to train large language models and potentially reduce dependence on Nvidia. The company even developed its own CPU architecture-based Arm, designed to handle cloud workloads. Both custom chips were made to boost operations at its data centers in the Azure, which has been widely explored.

New chip that works with Microsoft AI. Image: the verge
New chip that works with Microsoft AI. Image: The Verge

Altman and OpenAI collaborated with Microsoft to improve and test the chip Maia AI. Microsoft moved quickly to mitigate the chip's impact on its close partnership with Nvidia. It is important to say that the Maia GPU is part of a series, and the company is already committed to developing a second generation.

Microsoft maintains a “multibillion-dollar investment” in OpenAI, estimated at around $10 billion. She also serves as the exclusive partner of OpenAI cloud, providing cloud services that support all OpenAI operations, from API products and services to research.

We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and are confident in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announce at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners. We look forward to meeting Emmett Shear and the new OAI leadership team and working with them.

Says Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

New CEO (interim) of OpenAI

Altman's admission to Microsoft comes just hours after discussions with OpenAI's board failed to bring him back as the organization's CEO. As an alternative, Emmett Shear, former CEO and co-founder of Twitch, was appointed as interim CEO. Shear will take on the role replacing Mira Murat, who held the position of interim CEO at OpenAI since Altman's surprising resignation last Friday (17).

Former Twitch, Emmett Shear is Openai's new interim CEO. Image: sportskeeda
Former Twitch, Emmett Shear is the new interim CEO of OpenAI. Image: Sportskeeda

Shear resigned as CEO of Twitch earlier this year after co-founding the platform Justin.tv. He is taking on the role of interim CEO at OpenAI during a tumultuous time for the company. During negotiations with the OpenAI board to potentially reinstate Altman, several OpenAI employees publicly voiced their support for him.

And you, what did you think of this musical chairs game? Did Microsoft do the right thing by hiring Altman? Tell us Comment!

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Source: TheVerge [1] e [2].

reviewed by Glaucon Vital in 20 / 11 / 23.

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