Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to social media on November 20th to announce significant developments within the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) research division.
In his post, Nadella expressed his enthusiasm about the hiring of former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and OpenAI’s president, Greg Brockman, to lead a new advanced AI research team at Microsoft.
Nadella’s message underscored Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to its partnership with OpenAI, despite recent changes in leadership.
Emmett Shear, who assumed the role of OpenAI’s CEO on the same day as Altman’s departure, was mentioned with anticipation as Microsoft looked forward to collaborating with him in the future.
Shortly after Nadella’s announcement, Sam Altman retweeted the post, affirming that “the mission continues.”
This move came after Altman’s sudden ousting from OpenAI on November 17th, as the board of directors cited his alleged lack of transparency in communications as the reason for his removal.
Following Altman’s departure, Greg Brockman also stepped down from his position on the OpenAI board.
In response to his exit from OpenAI, Brockman expressed his shock and sadness on social media. While the official announcement characterized his departure as a voluntary resignation, Brockman clarified in his post that he had been informed of his removal.
Meanwhile, at OpenAI, Mira Murati, the former chief technology officer, assumed the role of interim CEO for the three days following Altman’s departure.
Murati had joined OpenAI in 2018 when it still operated as a nonprofit research center.
On November 20th, the company named Emmett Shear as its CEO, bringing his expertise as the former CEO and co-founder of the video streaming platform Twitch into the organization.
Microsoft’s strategic move to bring Altman and Brockman on board highlights the company’s commitment to advancing AI research, fostering innovation, and solidifying its position in the rapidly evolving AI landscape.
The partnership with OpenAI, despite recent leadership changes, remains integral to Microsoft’s vision for the future of artificial intelligence.