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OpenAI chief executive officer Sam Altman testifies before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing titled ‘Oversight of A.I.: Rules for Artificial Intelligence’ on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 16, 2023. — Picture by REUTERS

Former OpenAI chief executive officer, co-founder join Microsoft

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 — Microsoft said the company has hired OpenAI’s former chief executive officer Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman.

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced on Sunday that both Altman and Brockman will be joining to lead Microsoft’s new advanced AI research team, said Xinhua.

“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success,” Nadella wrote on social media platform X.

“We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners,” he said.

Altman tweeted Monday that Nadella and his top priority remains to ensure OpenAI continues to thrive.

Altman was fired from OpenAI on Friday after OpenAI’s board of directors said it “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI”.

“Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities,” the board said in a statement.

OpenAI was founded as a non-profit in 2015 with the core mission of ensuring that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity.

In 2019, OpenAI restructured to ensure that the company could raise capital in pursuit of this mission, while preserving the nonprofit’s mission, governance, and oversight.

— Bernama

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