Mr. Nadella announced that Mr. Altman and OpenAI’s former president and chairman of the board of directors, Greg Brockman, along with other colleagues, would be joining Microsoft — the corporation said it owned 49% of OpenAI’s shares.
Mr Nadella announced on the social network Former OpenAI CEO Altman re-shared Mr Nadella’s article, adding the somewhat confusing comment that “the mission continues”.
Mr. Altman has led OpenAI since 2019, serving as both a senior executive and the representative face of AI research and product development. Before the news of his coming to work for Microsoft, Mr. Altman was said to have discussed the possibility of returning to OpenAI and changing the company’s governance structure.
But according to him, not long after reutersOpenAI announced that Mr. Sam Altman will not return as CEO, but that the position will remain temporarily with Mr. Emmett Shearer.
Mr Shear co-founded Twitch and left the live video streaming platform, owned by Amazon Group, earlier this year. According to the information, as soon as the internal announcement about Mr. Shear’s appointment was made, the employees supporting Mr. Altman left the OpenAI headquarters in San Francisco – USA.
Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (left) and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the AI Safety Summit in the UK on November 2. Photo: Reuters
OpenAI’s invitation of Mr. Shearer to become CEO is considered a turning point after last weekend’s chaotic developments at one of the most famous startups on the planet.
It all started when OpenAI’s board of directors announced on November 17 that it would fire CEO Altman and temporarily appoint Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati to the position. This is because ChatGPT’s parent “was not consistent or direct in communicating with the board of directors”.
Unlike most Silicon Valley startups, OpenAI is not structured like a typical corporation (the bulk of the capital is controlled by its founders).
Mr. Sam Altman, Mr. Greg Brockman, Mr. Ilya Sutskever – Chief Scientist of OpenAI – and billionaire Elon Musk founded OpenAI in 2015 as a non-profit organization focused on the secure and transparent development of AI.
OpenAI fueled the generic AI craze a year ago by launching ChatGPT – a chatbot that became one of the fastest growing software applications in the world.