OpenAI Founders Quickly Find New Jobs

Microsoft hires Sam Altman, Greg Brockman 'to lead a new advanced AI research team'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2023 6:37 AM CST
OpenAI Founders Quickly Find New Jobs
Sam Altman participates in a discussion during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Microsoft announced Monday that it has hired Sam Altman and another architect of ChatGPT maker OpenAI after they unexpectedly departed the company days earlier in a corporate shakeup that shocked the artificial intelligence world, reports the AP. Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella tweeted that the US tech giant is committed to its partnership with OpenAI, whose chatbot kicked off the generative AI craze by producing human-like text, images, video, and music. Nadella wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he looked "forward to getting to know" OpenAI's new chief executive, former Twitch leader Emmett Shear, and the rest of the management team.

Microsoft invested billions of dollars in the startup and helped provide the computing power to run its AI systems. Now, it's bringing two of OpenAI's co-founders directly into the fold. "We're extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team," Nadella said. In reply on X, Altman said "the mission continues," while OpenAI co-founder and former president Brockman posted, "We are going to build something new & it will be incredible." The moves come after a weekend of drama and speculation about how the leadership would shake out at OpenAI. Altman was active on X, posting a photo of himself with an OpenAI guest pass on Sunday and saying this is the "first and last time i ever wear one of these."

Hours earlier, he tweeted, "i love the openai team so much," which drew heart replies from Brockman, who quit after Altman was fired, and Mira Murati, OpenAI's chief technology officer who was initially named as interim CEO. It's not clear what transpired between the announcement of Murati's interim role Friday and the hiring of Shear, who co-founded Twitch, an Amazon-owned livestreaming service popular with video gamers. An OpenAI spokeswoman didn't immediately reply to an email seeking comment. The company said Friday that Altman was pushed out after a review found he was "not consistently candid in his communications" with the board of directors, which had lost confidence in his ability to lead the company. (More artificial intelligence stories.)

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