On Monday, it was announced that Sam Altman, co-founder and former CEO of OpenAI, would be joining Microsoft to lead a new AI research team. This news came three days after Altman was ousted as CEO of the startup.
OpenAI, which developed the popular AI tool ChatGPT, has been backed by Microsoft with several billion dollars in investment. The company’s board of directors surprised everyone when they announced Altman’s dismissal on Friday, citing a lack of consistency in his communications and loss of confidence in his ability to manage the company.
Following Altman’s dismissal, several key leaders at OpenAI announced their departure, including Greg Brockman. The first version of ChatGPT was launched on November 30, 2022, sparking a race in the field of artificial intelligence.
Altman responded to the news on social media by saying “The mission continues” and thanking Microsoft for the opportunity to work with them. He also expressed gratitude to his colleagues at OpenAI for their support and hard work during his time there.