Microsoft immediately hires ousted OpenAI co-founder, as OpenAI staff begin publicly calling out the company’s management

On Friday, OpenAI, the industry leading machine learning firm and creator of ChatGPT, ousted its co-founder and CEO Sam Altman. It was an unexpected move and the board expressed the reasons for its decision in extraordinary terms, saying it “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading” after he had not been “consistently candid” with them. The news drove a frenzy of speculation in the tech world over the weekend, with Microsoft in particular (which has a multi-billion investment in OpenAI) said to have been blindsided by the move, amid speculation that Altman would be re-hired by the firm.

Well, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella decided to just cut out the middleman, and has announced that Microsoft has hired Altman to lead “a new advanced AI research team” though remains “committed to our partnership with OpenAI”. Microsoft has also hired Greg Brockman, also an OpenAI co-founder and formerly the company’s president, who was laid off alongside Altman.

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