Sam Altman joins Microsoft after Open AI exit

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Sam Altman is joining tech giant, Microsoft, days after being sacked as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Open AI by the company’s board.

Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella disclosed this in a post on X on Monday.

Microsoft is the biggest backer of Open AI, which shot to tech stardom in 2022 with the launch of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot with mindblowing capabilities.

The Herald had reported that the 38-year-old Altman was fired by the board of Open AI on Friday.

OpenAI’s board said in a statement that Altman’s departure “follows a deliberative review process,” which concluded “he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”

“The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI,” it added.

Altman’s departure was followed by the resignations of OpenAI’s president, Greg Brockman, and three senior researchers: Jakub Pachocki, Aleksander Mądry and Szymon Sidor.

Nadella said, “We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners.

“We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them.

“And we’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team.

“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.”


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