Microsoft hires former OpenAI chief Sam Altman

Fusion with Open AI works. Microsoft will hire Sam Altman, co-founder and former No. 1 startup OpenAI, Satya Nadella, the US giant’s boss, announced on Monday, three days after announcing the Silicon Valley star’s dismissal and trying to lobby for the rehabilitation of the chief executive.

Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, both co-founders of OpenAI, “will join other Microsoft colleagues to lead a new AI research team,” wrote Satya Nadella on X (ex-Twitter). OpenAI is a startup that launched the generative artificial intelligence (AI) platform ChatGPT. “The mission continues,” replied Sam Altman, 38, on the X social network to the announcement.

Long-term rapprochement

It was with the same Sam Altman that the technology giant started discussions last January to acquire a 49% stake for $10 billion. In fact, Microsoft has invested several billion dollars in OpenAI following Elon Musk’s lead and has integrated the technology into its own products such as the Bing search engine.

Microsoft has also secured exclusive licenses to the technology behind the famous chatbot, ChatGPT, and will reap up to 75% of the profits it invested in 2023, potentially worth $7.5 billion. The cooperation between the two companies (after investments in 2019 and 2021) aims in particular to strengthen the subsidiary of Microsoft, which is dedicated to remote (cloud) computing, Azure.

OpenAI’s board surprised Friday by announcing the Silicon Valley star’s dismissal, effective immediately, following an “advisory review process by the board that concluded he “has not always been candid in his communications with the board, which has hindered his ability to fulfill his duties.” This the body no longer has “confidence in its ability to lead OpenAI,” she added.Several executives at the company, founded in late 2015, have since announced their resignations, most notably chairman Greg Brockman.

American entrepreneur Emmett Shear, co-founder of Twitch, which he led until March, announced Monday that he will become the new interim leader of OpenAI, the star artificial intelligence startup that fired its CEO on Friday. .

“I accepted this position because I believe that OpenAI is one of the most important companies that exist today,” he wrote in this message, pledging to clarify the reasons for Sam Altman’s departure in the next 30 days and “reform the management team” …) , to make it a force capable of achieving results for our clients”.

Widely regarded as a revolution comparable to the advent of the Internet, generative artificial intelligence makes it possible to create text, lines of code, images and sounds on simple request in ordinary language. It also raises serious concerns about the danger especially to democracy (massive misinformation) or employment (replaced occupations).

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