Microsoft appointed Sam Altman as head of artificial intelligence team: what is going on
Microsoft has appointed Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI (known for creating ChatGPT) and former Y Combinator fellow, to lead a new internal artificial intelligence team. He will be the CEO of this group.
Together with Altman, the team will be headed by Greg Brockman, co-founder and CTO of Stripe and OpenAI (he left the latter last week). Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced this on November 20 on his page on X, formerly known as Twitter.
"We are extremely pleased to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with their colleagues, will join Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research group. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources they need to succeed," he wrote.
According to Bloomberg, the relationship between Microsoft and OpenAI has been "dramatic" in recent days. Last week, OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman was officially kicked out of his startup because "he has not always been forthright in his communication with the board, which hinders his ability to fulfill his duties." Greg Brockman was also removed from his position in the company.
OpenAI's board appointed former Twitch executive Emmett Shear as CEO instead of Altman.
"We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and are confident in our product development plan, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignit and our continued support of our customers and partners. We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and the new OAI leadership team and working with them," Nadella wrote.
Meanwhile, most of OpenAI's employees have already threatened to resign unless the board of directors resigns and reappoints the dismissed CEO. More than 500 out of 700 employees have already signed a letter to the company's management. They say they may leave OpenAI and join a new team at Microsoft instead, now headed by Altman and Brockman.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Elon Musk presented Grok AI, which is supposed to become a competitor for the popular chatbot with artificial intelligence ChatGPT developed by OpenAI. However, the inventor warned that the new development will be available to a select few.