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November 21, 2023

Microsoft Enlists OpenAI Heavyweights Altman and Brockman for New AI Venture

OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will spearhead a groundbreaking "new advanced AI research team."

In a surprising twist following the unexpected departure of OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, Microsoft has seized the opportunity to tap into Altman and his colleague Greg Brockman's expertise. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the creation of a "new advanced AI research team" helmed by Altman. The move comes after OpenAI members, including Brockman, left the company in protest.

Altman, now the CEO of the new AI group at Microsoft, and Brockman will be joined by other former OpenAI talents, including Szymon Sidor, Jakub Pachocki, and Aleksander Madry. This strategic acquisition reinforces Microsoft's commitment to AI innovation and bolsters its competitive position.

The surprising board decision at OpenAI, leading to Altman's removal, stirred controversy and prompted key talent, including CTO Mira Murati, to protest. In response, Microsoft's swift move to bring Altman and Brockman on board not only safeguards their expertise but also secures a competitive edge in the evolving AI landscape.

Altman, the public face of OpenAI and a key figure in the AI industry, expressed enthusiasm about the new endeavor, stating, "The mission continues." Microsoft's strategic move underlines its dedication to AI advancements and ensures continuity amid the recent turmoil at OpenAI.

Microsoft's acquisition of OpenAI's top talent signifies a major play in the AI arena, securing key figures to propel future innovations.

Josefina Dipaolo
Josefina Dipaolo
Content writer at TechNews180
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