Sam Altman the founder of OpenAI has a new job. The ex-CEO of the company behind ChatGPT was fired by the OpenAI board on Friday. Today, Microsoft CEO has announced that the tech giant has hired Mr. Altman and his fellow co-founder Greg Brockman.
“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.” Wrote Satya Nadella.
It is no surprise that the two gentlemen will lead an AI team. Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI led to the successful creation of the Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) platform. Clearly, Microsoft is not ready to have the talents of Mr. Altman and Mr. Brockman working for a rival.
OpenAI New CEO
In regards to the team that will continue at OpenAI, there has been a new appointment. Emmett Shear has been named as the new CEO of OpenAI by the board. Mr. Shear has previously served as the CEO of Twitch and is a co-founder. The 40-year-old Yale University graduate shares a path through Y Combinator like Mr. Altman.
On its part, Microsoft which will eventually take up 49% ownership of OpenAI has backed the new CEO. Emmett Shear’s appointment means OpenAI has had 3 CEOs in just three days. He will take over as CEO from Mira Murat, who was publicly aligned with Altman. Mira Murati, the company’s CTO, had been named as the interim CEO by the board following Altman’s ouster. Notably, Mr. Shear’s appointment is also on an interim basis.
Hours after the sacking of Mr Altman, reports emerged that disgruntled staff members wanted him back. For now, his return does not appear to be on the cards though.