On Monday, it was announced that Sam Altman, co-founder and until recently CEO of startup OpenAi, would be joining Microsoft to lead a new artificial intelligence research team. This news came just three days after Altman was ousted as CEO of OpenAI.
Altman and Greg Brockman, his co-founder at OpenAI, will be leaving their positions at the company to join Microsoft. OpenAI is a start-up that developed ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) tool. Microsoft has invested several billion dollars in OpenAI and has incorporated this technology into its own products, such as the Bing search engine.
In response to the news of his departure, Altman posted on the X platform (formerly Twitter) that he was “excited about what’s ahead” with Microsoft. He also thanked his colleagues at OpenAI for their support and contributions to the company’s success.
OpenAI’s board surprised everyone on Friday when it announced the firing of Altman, saying he had not been “consistently honest in his communications” and had lost confidence in his ability to run the company. Several people in senior positions at OpenAI also announced their departures following Altman’s ouster. The first version of ChatGPT was launched on November 30, 2022, starting the race in the field of artificial intelligence.