Sam Altman Heads to Microsoft: Sam Altman, co-founder of OpenAI, will join Microsoft to help lead a new advanced artificial intelligence team. This development comes after Altman’s abrupt ouster from OpenAI by its board of directors due to apparent disagreements over the balance between AI safety and the public release of powerful AI tools.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced Altman’s and Greg Brockman‘s, former president of OpenAI, addition to the new AI division at Microsoft. Altman’s departure from OpenAI had caused turmoil within the organization. Microsoft, having invested $13 billion into OpenAI, is now navigating uncertainties around OpenAI’s valuation and future plans.
OpenAI, initially founded as a nonprofit AI research lab, released ChatGPT, a significant advancement in generative AI, last year. However, internal disagreements arose over the pace of releasing AI products and concerns about fully addressing associated risks. Some critics argued that OpenAI had shifted away from its nonprofit ethos by accepting significant investment funding and reorganizing its structure.
In the aftermath of Altman’s departure, the OpenAI board has hired Emmett Shear, former CEO of Twitch, as the interim CEO. Shear, known for his awareness of the societal dangers of advanced AI, will be tasked with leading OpenAI in this transitional period.