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Microsoft Should Have Been Consulted in OpenAI’s Decision to Fire Sam Altman


Nov 21, 2023

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes OpenAI should have consulted him before removing former CEO Sam Altman. According to Nadella, it was the “very least” the board could have done given their investment in the company and the partnership between OpenAI and Microsoft.

Altman’s firing was announced by OpenAI last Friday, with the board citing a lack of consistency in his communications. The removal led to chaos over the weekend and ended with Emmett Shear being appointed as interim CEO. On Monday, Nadella announced that he had hired Altman and Greg Brockman to lead Microsoft’s new advanced AI research team. However, nearly all of OpenAI’s staff has threatened to quit unless the board resigns and Altman returns as CEO.

Nadella seems prepared for this possibility, telling Kara Swisher’s podcast that there will be a place for all AI talent to come to Microsoft and move forward on their mission. He also emphasized that Microsoft will be supportive of whoever remains at OpenAI or whatever. Representatives for both companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider outside regular business hours.

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