Sam Altman joins Microsoft as OpenAI board appoints Emmett Shear as CEO

Chaos continues to reign at OpenAI, with the appointment of Emmett Shear, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitch, a video-streaming website, as OpenAI’s interim CEO after the abrupt exit of OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, last week. 

Shear would be replacing Mira Murati, OpenAI’s chief technology officer, who was initially named OpenAI’s CEO after the company board shunted out 38-year-old Sam Altman on November 17. The board hinted that Altman was not always “candid” in his communications with the board without specifying the exact reasons for shunting him out. A New York Times report quoted an OpenAI executive saying that Altman’s exit is because of a “breakdown in communication between Sam and the board.” 

Hours after OpenAI announced the new CEO, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced hiring Altman to lead the company’s advanced AI research team.

“And we’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success,” Nadella said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

With an investment of $13 billion, Microsoft is a major investor in OpenAI. The speculation that Altman might be starting a new venture comes to an end with him joining Microsoft.

Altman and OpenAI

For a while after his exit, it seemed as if Altman was trying to negotiate his reinstatement. His departure was followed by the exit of Greg Brockman, president and co-founder of OpenAI.

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