Sam Altman, fired from the CEO position at OpenAI, is reportedly geared up to take on a role at Microsoft, where he will head a newly formed team dedicated to artificial intelligence.
Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO and Chairman announced on Monday that Altman, along with fellow OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and other former OpenAI staff, will lead a "new advanced AI research team" at the company.
Taking to X (former Twitter), the CEO shared, “We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.”
He expressed anticipation for collaborating with OpenAI's new leadership, including interim CEO Emmett Shear.
Microsoft remains dedicated to its partnership with the AI startup, having reportedly invested $13 billion in it.
Following The Information's report stating that Altman would not return to OpenAI, Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and board director, informed the staff on Sunday evening that Altman's return was unsuccessful, despite extensive negotiations with the board, company leaders, and investors over the weekend.
Sam Altman termination:
Altman, who gained recognition following the launches of ChatGPT and GPT-4, was unexpectedly terminated on Friday after the board concluded that he was "not consistently candid in his communications."
In the wake of this development, three senior researchers resigned, as reported by The Information.
The OpenAI co-founder, expressed on X that being fired was a “weird experience” and “sorta like reading your own eulogy while you’re still alive.”
He also added a cautionary note, suggesting that if he were to speak candidly, the OpenAI board should pursue the full value of his shares.
In contrast to tech founders like Mark Zuckerberg, Altman lacked equity in OpenAI, making him susceptible to termination at any point, as reported by the news site Semafor earlier this year.
On Sunday, Altman shared a picture on X where he wore an OpenAI guest badge, stating that it would be the ”first and last time I ever wear one of these."
Altman has been a highly sought-after figure discussing the potential advantages and risks of AI, particularly following the release of ChatGPT last year. He has spoken at business summits and testified before the US Congress.