Microsoft announced on Monday that it has hired Sam Altman, co-founder of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, after he was.The company just days ago in a corporate shakeup that shocked the AI world.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote on X, formerly known as TwitterMicrosoft was “extremely excited” that Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman, along with other AI company executives, will join Microsoft to lead a “new advanced artificial intelligence research group.”
Nadella also said the software maker, the largest investor in OpenAI, was “looking forward” to introducing OpenAI's new CEO, former Twitch chief Emmett Shear, who has been named to replace Altman.
Altman said “The mission continues,” in response to Nadella's X.
Shear also went to X to confirm his appointment as OpenAI's new CEO, He writes on Monday“I got a call today to discuss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to be the Interim CEO of @OpenAI. After consulting with my family and thinking for a few hours, I accepted.”
At the end of the lengthy post, he added a denial that OpenAI fired Altman over concerns about the dangers of artificial intelligence.
“Before I took the job,” Shear wrote, “I reviewed the basis for the changes. The board *didn't* remove Sam because of any specific safety disagreements, their reasoning was completely different. I'm not crazy enough. Let's do this job without the board's support for our awesome models. for commercialization.”
Why was Altman fired?
OpenAI said Friday that Altman was fired after a review found he was “consistently not candid in his communications” with the board of directors, which had lost confidence in his ability to lead OpenAI.
Altman brought ChatGPT to global prominence during his tenure as the company's CEO, and in the past year has become a sought-after Silicon Valley voice on the promise and potential dangers of artificial intelligence.
Last week, OpenAI announced that co-founder Brockman would step down as chairman of the board but remain as president. Brockman followed up with a post on X, reprinting a message he sent to OpenAI employees in which he wrote, “In light of today's news, I have resigned.”
In a second X post Friday night, Brockman said Altman was asked to join a video meeting with company board members where co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutzkever informed Altman he was being fired.
Brockman added that he was informed of his removal from the board shortly after a separate call with Sutzkever.
“Sam and I are shocked and saddened by what the board did today,” Brockman wrote on X.
The San Francisco-based tech startup, founded in 2015, launched its online chatbot ChatGPT about a year ago, sparking an artificial intelligence boom that brought Altman to prominence and meetings with President Joe Biden and other leaders.
OpenAI's ChatGPT and image generator Dall-E brought generative AI into the mainstream, while sparking debate about the technology's transformative potential.and an even more blurred line between machine- and human-generated content. OpenAI has also found itself a target of many Artists and other creators claim that the company's technology has copied their work.
As CEO, Altman led the transformation of a little-known startup into a company that is in talks to sell employee shares to investors at a value of more than $80 billion, according to media outlets including Bloomberg News and The New York Times.
Outspoken and famously controversial, Altman also drew attention for sounding the alarm about artificial intelligence..