Altman suddenly joins Microsoft, an investor in Open AI

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After a few hours of failed negotiations to return
MS “Will lead new cutting-edge AI research team”
Altman also pursues AI semiconductor ventures

Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI, is holding up a visitor pass at the OpenAI headquarters building in San Francisco, USA, on the 19th (local time). Photo courtesy of Sam Altman

Sam Altman, who was called the ‘father of ChatGPT’ but was dismissed as CEO by the Open AI board, suddenly joined Microsoft (MS), the largest investor in Open AI.

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On the 20th (local time), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced through social media X (formerly Twitter) that Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman, who left the company with him, had joined Microsoft. CEO Nadella said, “They will lead a new cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) research team.” Altman also shared CEO Nadella’s post on his X and said, “The mission continues.” MS, which owns a 49% stake in OpenAI, is expected to strengthen its generative AI technology with the recruitment of Altman. It appears that Altman will also begin establishing an AI semiconductor startup, which he has been pursuing in the past.

Altman’s decision to join Microsoft came just hours after negotiations with OpenAI’s board of directors for his return failed. The day before, Altman visited the Open AI headquarters in San Francisco, USA and negotiated his return. He reportedly requested changes to the governance structure, including the dismissal of existing board members, as a condition of returning to Open AI, but this was not accepted.

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There is an interpretation that Altman’s dismissal was a cross-section of the war between ‘boomers’ who want to speed up AI development and ‘doomers’ who value safety. The New York Times (NYT), citing sources, reported that OpenAI’s chief scientist Ilya Sutskiver was concerned that Altman was not paying attention to the risks of AI, and joined hands with other directors to lead the expulsion.

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Source: Donga

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