Microsoft has appointed Sam Altman, the co-founder and former CEO of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team within the company. This news comes after Altman was recently fired from OpenAI following a surprise announcement last Friday. Along with him, Greg Brockman, also co-founder of OpenAI, will be joining Microsoft to lead the new AI research team.
Following the announcement of Altman’s firing, former Twitch boss Emmett Shear expressed interest in taking over OpenAI on an interim basis. He made this decision within hours of receiving a call inviting him to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, it is unclear if Shear will ultimately take up the position or not.
Altman’s sudden removal from OpenAI was due to his lack of truthfulness in his communications with the board, which impeded their ability to carry out their duties. The company plans to conduct an independent investigation within the next 30 days to shed light on the circumstances surrounding Altman’s firing and the change in leadership at the company.
OpenAI’s development of the ChatGPT artificial intelligence platform was a significant milestone in the field of artificial intelligence and accelerated the race for innovation among major technology companies. Generative artificial intelligence has been compared to the advent of the Internet and is considered a revolutionary advance in creating ideas, content, images and sounds.
Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and integrated its technology into its own products such as Bing search engine. With Altman and Brockman now joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team, Microsoft remains confident in its product roadmap and ability to innovate further in this field.