On Monday, November 20, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted on X (formerly Twitter), confirming the hiring of the former OpenAI boss alongside Greg Brockman Brockman leads its artificial intelligence research team. The multinational company recruited them days after they were forced to leave OpenAI.
AI Space witnessed the weekend drama of OpenAI expelling Ultraman
Altman and Brockman left OpenAI after being ousted from the board of directors of the company they co-founded. Although the ChatGPT model managed by Altman is considered a leading product in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the board accused the two of ineffective communication.
Nadella welcomed the pair and their colleagues who will join Microsoft to lead its new advanced artificial intelligence research unit. The Microsoft CEO acknowledged the urgent need to give the newly formed team the resources it needs to succeed.
Altman retweeted Nadella’s post on Monday, November 20, confirming his joining Microsoft and saying “the mission continues.” The news that Altman and Brockman joined Microsoft triggered market reaction, with the stock price rising 1.7% in pre-market trading. The company experienced a similar decline before rebounding following the OpenAI board’s announcement on Friday, November 17, that Altman had been fired.
Microsoft’s swift response mirrors the dramatic weekend in which Altman was ousted from Microsoft-backed OpenAI. The firing triggered a collapse in Worldcoin’s native token (WLD), with OpenAI investors calling for the pair to be reinstated. Interestingly, Altman and Brockman emerged from subsequent talks to rejoin the San Francisco-based AI giant, but late Sunday, those talks came to nothing.
People familiar with the matter attributed Altman’s ouster to the emergence of a growing commitment to the California company’s mission to ensure safe and beneficial artificial intelligence. People familiar with the board’s decision said the watchdog claimed it could not supervise the OpenAI co-founder.
The board expressed disbelief in Altman’s briefing, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The sudden dismissal prompted several employees to declare their support for Ultraman. Microsoft will lead other investors including Thrive Capital and Khosla Ventures in exploring mechanisms to reinstate Altman.
OpenAI ex-Twitch CEO replaces Altman
Several employees concerned about AI safety expressed joy that the board of directors replaced Altman as CEO on an interim basis with Mira Murati, OpenAI’s chief technology officer. However, the board subsequently appointed former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear to lead OpenAI.
Shear, the co-founder of video streaming service platform Twitch, confirmed his acceptance of the role to lead OpenAI, labeling it one of the most important artificial intelligence companies. The former Twitch CEO had earlier advocated for slowing the rollout of artificial intelligence.
Scheer revealed he weighed the reasons for the change before accepting the appointment. He dismissed suggestions that Altman was removed from his post as a result of disagreements over security issues. As such, he praised the board’s support for commercializing OpenAI models, which he called “fantastic.”
The climax of the weekend drama was Nadella’s announcement that Altman and Brockman were new recruits just hours before Hill’s appointment. Nadella acknowledged that Microsoft is a core supporter of OpenAI and is committed to cooperation between the two parties.
Microsoft moved quickly to leverage Altman and Brockman’s expertise
Nadella reiterated that Microsoft will use its innovation capabilities to maintain confidence in its product roadmap. He reiterated his desire to get to know Shear with the new leadership team expected to lead OpenAI.
The rapid recruitment of Altman and Brockman underscores the role the Microsoft chief executive has repeatedly played in developing and commercializing artificial intelligence tools. With 2023 shaping up to be a breakthrough year for AI technology, having Altman and Brockman in its ranks will give Microsoft the upper hand in the AI space.
In early November, Altman revealed plans to raise additional investment from the Seattle-based tech giant, citing Microsoft as a great partner. So hiring Altman and OpenAI co-founder Brockman gives Microsoft a dedicated duo with a loyal employee following.
Microsoft will win over the talented artificial intelligence researchers and engineers who exit OpenAI. In particular, several employees expressed disappointment with the price of OpenAI’s weekend opening. After Ultraman was forced to quit, some people announced their immediate exit from the company.
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