Microsoft has recently hired Sam Altman, who was the executive director at OpenAI and responsible for the popularization of ChatGPT. Altman, along with Greg Brockman and other colleagues, will be leading a new advanced AI research team at Microsoft. While their departure from OpenAI has left the company with vacant positions and raised concerns among investors, employees, and industry insiders, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is confident in their ability to succeed in their new roles.
Altman will be the CEO of the new AI research laboratory at Microsoft and will be joined by other former executives and workers from OpenAI. Their departure from OpenAI was due to a communication issue as well as concerns about the future leadership of the company. Initially, a former technology director was chosen to replace Altman, but she ultimately decided to align with him and left the position vacant. Negotiations did not result in a return to OpenAI for Altman or his team.
The departure of Altman from OpenAI has significant implications for both companies, as Microsoft has heavily invested in OpenAI’s technologies such as ChatGPT and DALL-E in its search engine Bing. Losing Altman and his team could pose a risk for Microsoft and lead to competition from rival companies. However, Microsoft has secured the talent of Altman and his team, which could give them an edge in the AI field.
In addition to joining Microsoft’s AI research team, Altman has also received offers from other organizations such as the Government of France, which wants to help develop his capabilities in artificial intelligence. Despite leaving OpenAI under uncertain circumstances, Altman remains highly sought-after in the AI field and has sparked interest from various organizations and countries.