As a large investor in OpenAI, Microsoft was interested in the stable development of this startup, which gave the world the popular generative artificial intelligence system ChatGPT. OpenAI’s board was unable to agree with former CEO Sam Altman on a return to the company he founded, so Altman and a number of other former OpenAI employees moved to Microsoft.
In any case, said today Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who has repeatedly expressed his personal support for Sam Altman specifiedthat the Microsoft team will be joined not only by Altman and former CEO Greg Brockman, who was also at the origins of OpenAI, but also by a number of other former employees of the startup who left it after the former leader. “We will strive to provide them with all the resources they need to be successful.” – promised the head of Microsoft. Former OpenAI employees will join a newly formed Microsoft division that will focus on cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence.
Let us recall that the negotiations between the board of directors of OpenAI, Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, did not provide conditions for the return of the latter two to the leadership of the startup, despite the desire of the technical director Mira Murati to restore the status To contribute to the quo, the board on Friday removed her from her temporary duties as CEO and appointed former Twitch executive Emmett Shear to the post.
At the same time, Microsoft expressed its determination to maintain cooperation with OpenAI despite the change in leadership and the transfer of some founders to the workforce of this company. “We look forward to meeting Emmett Shear and the new leadership OpenAI and start working with them,” – said the head of Microsoft. Support for customers and partners in joint projects with OpenAI continues to be fully supported.
It’s hard to say whether OpenAI’s folks will get the resources necessary to develop computing accelerators that compete with NVIDIA solutions, but Microsoft has previously shown its willingness to develop its own processors for Azure cloud systems. Perhaps with the help of Altman and his collaborators, work in this direction will progress more quickly.