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Microsoft Hires Sam Altman and Greg Brockman Immediately After Their Farewell With OpenAI

By Xueyang
Nov. 20, 2023 updated 11:50

Microsoft Hires Sam Altman and Greg Brockman Immediately After Them Bidding Farewell with OpenAIMicrosoft Hires Sam Altman and Greg Brockman Immediately After Their Farewell with OpenAI

OpenAI, a leading AI start-up, faces internal chaos following the board's decision to not reinstate former CEO Sam Altman, leading to his and co-founder Greg Brockman’s shift to Microsoft to head an advanced research lab. In a rapid succession of events, OpenAI appointed Emmett Shear, former CEO of Twitch, as the interim chief, replacing Mira Murati.

The board’s move has caused a significant rift within the company, with over 550 of OpenAI's 700 employees threatening to resign and join Altman’s new project at Microsoft. This internal revolt was fueled by the employees’ dissatisfaction with the board's handling of Altman's removal and lack of transparency.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's announcement of incorporating Altman and Brockman into the tech giant indicates a potential talent migration from OpenAI. Nadella emphasized that the new group would function independently within Microsoft, highlighting a contrast with OpenAI's cautious approach to AI development.

Investors and Silicon Valley executives, surprised by the abrupt firing, showed overwhelming support for Altman. The controversy underlines a division within the AI community about the pace of AI development, with some cautioning against potential risks.

The board, in defending its decision, cited a loss of trust in Altman and a need for honesty and transparency. However, the lack of specific reasons for the dismissal has only intensified support for Altman.

OpenAI’s unique governance structure, controlled by a nonprofit board, has come under scrutiny amidst this upheaval. The situation raises questions about the company's future direction and the role of AI in tech innovation.

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