Microsoft has announced the hiring of Sam Altman, the co-founder of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team. This news comes after Altman was suddenly removed as CEO of OpenAI last week, causing confusion in the AI world. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed excitement about bringing Altman and Greg Brockman, another OpenAI co-founder, and other managers from the company on board to lead this new team.
The addition of new leadership at OpenAI was confirmed by both Altman and Shear on social media. Shear described his new position as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, while Altman’s removal came after an internal review at OpenAI. The company has announced changes in its management structure, with Brockman stepping down as chairman of the board but remaining as the company’s president.
These changes have occurred as OpenAI’s creations, such as ChatGPT and the Dall-E image generator, have brought generative AI into the mainstream. This has sparked debates about its use and ethical implications in various industries such as education and healthcare. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to responsible AI development, they plan to work closely with OpenAI’s new CEO Emmett Shear to ensure that their research is conducted ethically and responsibly.
Microsoft also plans to leverage their expertise in cloud computing and data analytics to support open source AI research projects at OpenAI. They believe that by working together with open source communities, they can accelerate innovation in this field and create more accessible technology for everyone.