Microsoft has announced that it has hired Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, the former CEO and president of OpenAI, to lead a new advanced AI research team. The move comes after Altman and Brockman were abruptly fired by the board of directors of the artificial intelligence company, which is backed by Microsoft and other prominent investors.
Altman and Brockman co-founded OpenAI in 2015 with a vision of creating artificial general intelligence (AGI), a level of AI that can perform any intellectual task that humans can. The company has developed several breakthroughs in AI, such as GPT-3, a powerful natural language model, and DALL-E, a generative image model.
Controversies and challenges
However, the company has also faced controversies and challenges, such as the departure of co-founder Elon Musk, the governance of its $1 billion partnership with Microsoft, and the ethical and social implications of its technology.
According to a statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Altman and Brockman will join Microsoft as corporate vice presidents and will report directly to him. They will be responsible for leading a new AI research unit that will work on foundational and applied AI projects, as well as collaborating with other Microsoft teams and external partners. Nadella said he was “super excited” to have Altman and Brockman join Microsoft and praised their “vision, passion, and expertise” in AI.
Emmett Shear, former CEO of Twitch, now interim CEO
Meanwhile, OpenAI has appointed Emmett Shear, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitch, as its interim CEO. Shear, who stepped down from Twitch in March 2023, has been a board member of OpenAI since 2018. He will oversee the transition and search for a permanent CEO, as well as the company’s ongoing research and development efforts. Shear said he was “honored and humbled” to take on the role and thanked Altman and Brockman for their contributions to OpenAI