In a twist of events, Microsoft Corporation, on Monday, announced the recruitment of Sam Altman, a co-founder and former chief executive officer (CEO) of popular Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, OpenAI.
The development is coming just three days after OpenAI announced the sack of Altman and his immediate replacement with chief technology officer Mira Murati in an interim capacity.
Taking to his X handle (formerly Twitter) on Monday, chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, Satya Nadella, said Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with some unnamed colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team, adding that they looked forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.
Nadella wrote: “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.
“I’m super excited to have you join as CEO of this new group, Sam, setting a new pace for innovation. We’ve learned a lot over the years about how to give founders and innovators space to build independent identities and cultures within Microsoft, including GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn, and I’m looking forward to having you do the same.”