Microsoft has announced the appointment of Sam Altman, co-founder and former CEO of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team within the company. This news comes after the sudden dismissal of Altman from OpenAI last Friday, which was followed by Mira Murati taking over as interim executive. The board of directors at OpenAI cited lack of truthfulness in communication with the board as the reason for Altman’s dismissal.
Shortly after this announcement, Emmett Shear, who was formerly Twitch boss, indicated that he would be taking charge of OpenAI on an interim basis. Shear made this decision within hours after receiving an invitation to an opportunity that only happens once in a lifetime.
Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and integrated its technology into its own products such as Bing search engine. With Altman and Brockman now joining Microsoft to lead the new advanced AI research team, the partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI continues, and Microsoft remains confident in their product roadmap and ability to innovate.
The development of ChatGPT artificial intelligence platform by OpenAI has been a significant milestone in the field of artificial intelligence and has accelerated the race for AI innovation among major tech companies. Generative artificial intelligence is being compared to the arrival of the internet and is seen as a revolutionary advancement in creating ideas, content, images, and sounds.
In light of these significant leadership changes at OpenAI, there will be an independent investigation conducted within 30 days to shed light on the circumstances surrounding Altman’s firing and leadership changes within the company. Elon Musk jokingly responded to the news by saying “Now they will have to use Teams!” referring to Microsoft Teams platform.