On Monday, Microsoft announced that Sam Altman, co-founder and former CEO of startup OpenAI, will join the company to lead a new AI research team. This came just three days after Altman was ousted as CEO of OpenAI.
Altman and Greg Brockman, his co-founder at OpenAI, will be joining Microsoft to continue their work in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The duo developed ChatGPT, an AI tool that has been highly successful and has helped start the race in AI technology.
Microsoft has invested several billion dollars in OpenAI and has incorporated this technology into its own products, such as the Bing search engine. Altman responded to the news on social media platform X by stating that “The mission continues.”
However, it was not without controversy. On Friday, OpenAI’s board of directors surprised everyone when they announced the dismissal of Altman. They cited a lack of consistency in his communication and loss of confidence in his ability to manage the company. Several other leaders at OpenAI also announced their departure following Altman’s dismissal, including Brockman. The first version of ChatGPT was launched on November 30th last year and it started the race for dominance in AI technology.