Microsoft has announced the formation of a new advanced AI research team, led by former OpenAI executive director Sam Altman, who left the company just 48 hours ago. Altman will be joined by other former executives and workers from OpenAI, including Greg Brockman, as they embark on a new chapter in their careers.
Altman’s departure from OpenAI was a result of a communication issue as well as concerns about the future leadership of the company. Initially, a former technology director was chosen to replace him, but she ultimately decided to align with Altman and left the position vacant. Negotiations did not result in a return to OpenAI for Altman or his team.
The departure of Altman and other key executives has raised concerns about the future of OpenAI and its ability to continue its mission of developing cutting-edge AI technologies. Microsoft has heavily invested in OpenAI, including the integration of technologies such as ChatGPT and DALL-E in its search engine, Bing. Losing Altman and his team could 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 major win for the company in the highly competitive AI field. The open departure from OpenAI has also sparked interest and offers from other organizations, including the Government of France, which has extended a proposal to Altman and his team to help develop their capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence. Despite the uncertain circumstances surrounding his departure from OpenAI, Altman remains highly respected and sought after in the AI industry.