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Microsoft Hire Ousted OpenAI CEO

22/11/23

By:

Dan O'Connor

Sam Altman joins Microsoft 3 days after being let go by OpenAI.

Microsoft Hire Ousted OpenAI CEO.


Sam Altman joins Microsoft 3 days after being let go by OpenAI.


In an unexpected turn of events, Sam Altman, the co-founder of OpenAI, the company behind the popular language model ChatGPT, has been hired by Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. This news comes just days after Altman was ousted from OpenAI in a corporate shakeup that surprised the AI community.


The company cited a lack of candor in Altman's communications with the board of directors as the reason for their decision.


However, there are indications that tensions may have been brewing over Altman's push for more advanced product development. New Street Research, a Wall Street research firm, believes this could have led to communication breakdowns and operational decisions without the board's full knowledge.


The decision to remove Altman has sparked controversy within OpenAI, with some expressing regret over the move. Ilya Sutskever, a board member, took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express his remorse over his involvement in the decision. He stated, "I deeply regret my participation in the board's actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company."


Altman's removal raises questions about the future of OpenAI and its leadership. The company's board will need to carefully navigate this situation to ensure its continued success in the rapidly evolving AI landscape.


The decision triggered a strong response from other OpenAI employees, with around 667, a company majority, now threatening to follow Altman to Microsoft if the entire OpenAI board did not resign.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed his excitement about Altman's appointment on X, formerly known as Twitter. He stated, "We are extremely excited that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with other managers from OpenAI, will join Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team."


Altman responded to Nadella's tweet with a simple message, "The mission continues," hinting at his continued dedication to advancing AI research and development.


Affiliate Flash’s Take:


This is not good news for OpenAI. The employees' demands also include reinstating Altman as the company’s CEO.


Some industry experts are even predicting that if the employees' demands are not met, it could see OpenAI dissolve as a company, something which would have been unthinkable for the company just a few weeks ago, due to its widespread and groundbreaking success with ChatGPT.


This volatile story is evolving by the day, so stay tuned to Affiliate Flash to get the breaking updates.


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