Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Joining Microsoft

After OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was fired from the company on Friday, Microsoft is hiring him to lead a new advanced AI research team, announced Satya Nadella, in an X (Twitter) post.

Besides Altman, Microsoft is hiring OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman too.

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,” says Nadella. “We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.

Altman was fired from OpenAI and Mira Murat was named as interim CEO, who again replaced by former Twitch CEO and co-founder Emmett Shear as interim CEO, as reported by The Verge. Later on, in a series of events, the company board also negotiated to potentially bring Altman back to OpenAI as CEO but Altman refused to join again. 

According to The New York Times, Sam Altman was quick to create another AI-based startup with an another OpenAI executive who also exited at the same time.

Sam Altman had reportedly been pitching a new tech startup to build custom Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips, that could compete with NVIDIA. He had been pitching this to investors lately , according to The New York Times. The TPU project was codenamed “Tigris,” attracting a number of prominent venture firms including Microsoft.

Microsoft has recently announced it has built its own custom AI chip that can be used to train large language models and potentially resolve the costly monopoly of Nvidia.

Altman and Brockman will now join Microsoft's new advanced AI research team as leads.


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