Microsoft hires former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman days after firing

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, speaks at The Wall Street Journals WSJ Tech Live conference in Laguna Beach, California on October 17, 2023.  — AFP
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, speaks at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ Tech Live conference in Laguna Beach, California on October 17, 2023. — AFP

Sam Altman, who was fired over the weekend as CEO of ChatGPT developer OpenAI, is set to join Microsoft to lead a new team focused on artificial intelligence, the tech giant said.

Despite talk over the weekend of Altman's potential return to OpenAI, Microsoft CEO and Chairman Satya Nadella announced on X on Monday that Altman, OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and other former OpenAI employees are overseeing “new advanced AI S. research team” in the company.

In addition, Nadella said Microsoft is looking forward to working with OpenAI's new leadership team, including acting CEO Emmett Shear, and is committed to partnering with the AI ​​startup, in which it has invested $13 billion. Al Jazeera.

After Altman's sudden firing on Friday sent shockwaves through the tech industry, Brockman announced his resignation at X as president of OpenAI.

The move is another important step for Microsoft in its pursuit of cutting-edge AI technology and talent.

Microsoft's hiring of Altman comes just hours after negotiations with OpenAI's board failed to return him as OpenAI's CEO after the company's four-member board refused to allow him to step down and return.

Instead, former Twitch CEO and co-founder Emmett Shear has been named the company's interim CEO, taking over from Mira Murat, who was named interim CEO of OpenAI following Altman's surprise firing on Friday.

Although OpenAI has not officially announced the hiring of Shear, it is expected to do so soon given Microsoft's recent hiring of Altman.

Altman posted a picture of himself wearing an OpenAI guest badge on the messaging platform X on Sunday with the caption: “First and last time I wear one of these.”

Altman's firing angered current and former employees, leaving them worried about how the company's $86 billion in future stock sales could be affected by the sudden management upheaval.

Brockman, the former president and co-founder of OpenAI, also came to the office on Sunday. information reports.

Prior to Microsoft's announcement of the hiring of Altman and Brockman, information said that if Altman were to return to OpenAI, Microsoft, its biggest backer, would consider taking a role on the board.

Microsoft can take a seat on OpenAI's board of directors or as a board observer without voting, the report added earlier.