Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced the formation of a new advanced AI research team at the company, led by former OpenAI executive director Sam Altman. Altman, who will be CEO of the new laboratory, is joined by other former executives and workers from OpenAI, including Greg Brockman.
Altman’s departure from OpenAI was a result of a communication issue and concerns about leadership at the company. He was responsible for popularizing ChatGPT and leading the surge of interest in artificial intelligence (AI) at OpenAI. His departure has left OpenAI with vacant positions and raised concerns from investors, employees, and the technology industry as a whole.
While negotiations were held to reinstate Altman in his position at OpenAI, they did not result in a return. The open departure has sparked interest and offers from other organizations, including the Government of France, which has extended a proposal to Altman and his team to help develop their capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has secured the talent of Altman and his team, which could pose a significant risk for rival companies if they are able to successfully lead their research efforts. The new laboratory will focus on developing cutting-edge AI technologies that can benefit Microsoft’s products and services.