Microsoft hires former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Founder and CEO of US artificial intelligence company OpenAI Sam Altman speaks at the Tel Aviv University in the eponymous Israeli city, on June 5, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Founder and CEO of US artificial intelligence company OpenAI Sam Altman speaks at the Tel Aviv University in the eponymous Israeli city, on June 5, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces the hiring of OpenAI’s Sam Altman and other members of his team, days after the co-founder of the venture behind ChatGPT was fired.

“The mission continues,” Altman, who rose to fame with the launch of the artificial intelligence chatbot last year, posts on X, formerly Twitter.

Nadella writes on X that Altman “will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team,” along with OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and their colleagues.

OpenAI’s board sacked Altman on Friday, prompting other high-profile departures from the company as well as a reported push by major investors to bring him back.

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