Sam Altman, who was removed as OpenAI’s CEO, will join Microsoft to lead a new team focused on artificial intelligence, the tech giant announced, AlJazeera reported.
Microsoft CEO and chairman Satya Nadella said today that Altman, OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and other former OpenAI employees will lead a “new advanced artificial intelligence research team” at the company.
“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success,” Nadella said on X, formerly Twitter.
Satya Nadella also said Microsoft looks forward to working with OpenAI’s new leadership team, including interim CEO Emmett Shearer.
The company remains committed to its partnership with the artificial intelligence startup, in which it has reportedly invested $13 billion. The company has invested $13 billion in the AI company.
Following a report by The Information on Sunday stating that Altman would not be returning to OpenAI despite executives’ attempts to persuade him, Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and board director at OpenAI, informed the employees on Sunday night. The Information disclosed that Altman’s decision was confirmed after a weekend of negotiations with the board of directors, company leaders, and investors.
Altman shared on X that his termination was a “strange experience” akin to “reading your own eulogy while you’re still alive.” He added that if he were to express his thoughts candidly, the OpenAI board should pursue him for the complete value of his shares.
In contrast to tech founders like Mark Zuckerberg, Altman lacked equity in OpenAI, making him susceptible to termination at any time, as reported by the news site Semafor earlier this year.
On Sunday, Altman posted an image on X featuring himself wearing an OpenAI guest badge, noting that it would be the “first and last time” he ever wore one of those badges.
Upon learning of Altman’s dismissal, three senior researchers also submitted their resignations to OpenAI.