Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella resolved the recent intense drama by announcing the recruitment of former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman to spearhead a new advanced AI research team within Microsoft, titled 'Sam'.
Altman, previously dismissed by OpenAI and in discussions for a re-entry, opted to join Microsoft following a failed agreement with OpenAI's board. Emmett Shear, former Twitch CEO, was appointed interim CEO at OpenAI amidst these developments.
Nadella expressed immense enthusiasm, welcoming Altman and Brockman along with their team to lead the innovative AI research initiative within Microsoft. He highlighted the company's history of empowering independent identities within its fold, citing examples like GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn. Nadella encouraged Altman to cultivate a distinctive culture within the new 'Sam' division.
Ensuring commitment to their partnership with OpenAI, Nadella affirmed Microsoft's confidence in OpenAI's product roadmap and innovation. He expressed eagerness to collaborate with OpenAI's new leadership team, including Emmett Shear.
Altman echoed Nadella's sentiments, affirming the continuation of their mission.
Microsoft has made significant investments in OpenAI, channeling over $10 billion. Earlier in the year, they announced a substantial multiyear investment as part of their long-term partnership with OpenAI, aimed at accelerating AI breakthroughs for widespread global benefit.
(With Agency Inputs)