Microsoft has recently announced the addition of Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with other former colleagues from OpenAI, to its advanced AI research team. Altman will be serving as the CEO of the new AI research laboratory at Microsoft. This news comes just 48 hours after Altman’s departure from OpenAI, where he was the executive director and responsible for popularizing ChatGPT and leading a surge in interest in artificial intelligence (AI).
Altman’s departure from OpenAI has raised concerns from investors, employees, and the technology industry as a whole. The company has left vacant positions since his departure, which has raised questions about its future leadership. Initially, a former technology director was chosen to replace Altman, but she ultimately decided to align with him and left the position vacant. Negotiations did not result in a return to OpenAI for Altman or his team.
The departure of Altman from OpenAI has important implications for both companies. Microsoft has heavily invested in OpenAI, including integrating technologies such as ChatGPT and DALL-E into its search engine Bing. Losing Altman and his team would pose a significant risk for Microsoft and could result in a loss of talent and competition from rival companies. However, Microsoft has secured the talent of Altman and his team, which is seen as a victory for the company.
In addition to joining Microsoft’s AI research team, Altman has also received offers from other organizations, including the Government of France, which has extended a proposal to help develop their capabilities in AI. Despite the uncertain circumstances surrounding his departure from OpenAI, Altman remains highly sought-after figure in the AI field and his departure has sparked interest and offers from a range of organizations and countries.
Overall, this news signifies an exciting development for both Microsoft and AI industry as it brings together top talent with resources necessary for success