Microsoft has announced that Sam Altman, co-founder and former CEO of OpenAI, will join the company to lead a new AI research team. This news comes three days after Altman was ousted as CEO of OpenAI, following concerns about his leadership skills.
Altman and Greg Brockman, the other co-founder of OpenAI, were informed of their departure from the company on Friday by the board of directors. The board cited inconsistent honesty in communications as a reason for their dismissal.
Microsoft has been investing heavily in OpenAI and has incorporated its technology into its own products, such as the Bing search engine. The first version of ChatGPT, an AI tool developed by OpenAI, was launched on November 30, 2022.
In response to his dismissal, Altman posted a message on social media thanking Microsoft for giving him the opportunity to continue working with some of the most brilliant minds in AI research. He also expressed disappointment with how things went down at OpenAI but said he is excited for what’s next in this field.