Microsoft Appoints OpenAI Co-founder Sam Altman

Mon Nov 20 2023
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SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has hired Sam Altman, the co-founder of OpenAI, after his surprising sacking from the company OpenAI. Altman played a crucial role in the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence technology, contributing to the development of the ChatGPT chatbot.

Despite reported pressure from Microsoft and other major investors to reinstate Altman, OpenAI’s board appointed Emmett Shear, former CEO of Amazon’s streaming platform Twitch, as the new CEO. 

Altman’s dismissal on Friday was allegedly due to concerns that he was underestimating the risks associated with the company’s technology and diverting from its stated mission—a claim that his successor denies.

Sam Altman to Lead Advanced AI Research Team at Microsoft 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed on X (formerly Twitter) that Altman would lead a new advanced AI research team at Microsoft alongside OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and other colleagues.

Altman expressed his commitment to the mission, stating on X, “The mission continues.”

Altman gained prominence with the launch of OpenAI’s artificial intelligence chatbot last year, triggering significant advancements in AI research and development and attracting substantial investments in the sector. His departure led to several other high-profile exits from the company, along with reported investor efforts to bring him back.

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