China News Service San Francisco, November 11 -- Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, announced on social platforms late at night on the 20th that Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI, former president of OpenAI, and their former colleagues will join Microsoft to lead a new senior artificial intelligence research team.
Nadella said Microsoft looks forward to quickly providing them with the resources they need to succeed. At the same time, the company still values its partnership with OpenAI. Emmett Hill, co-founder of the American "Twich" game live broadcast platform, said on social platforms in the early morning of the 20th that he had accepted the invitation to serve as the interim CEO of OpenAI. He also said that an independent investigator would be hired to write a report on OpenAI's recent personnel upheaval.
On the 17th, OpenAI announced that Altman will no longer serve as the company's CEO and will leave the company's board of directors, citing the board's belief that Altman is "not always honest" in communicating with the board of directors, hindering him from fulfilling his duties, and "the board no longer believes in Altman's ability to continue to lead OpenAI." In addition, the company's co-founder and president, Greg Brockman, will no longer serve as chairman of the board.
The Wall Street Journal quoted people familiar with the matter on the 19th as saying that after OpenAI announced Altman's departure, the company's investors are fighting to get him back to work. The New York Times quoted people familiar with the matter on the 20th as saying that more than 770 of OpenAI's 700 employees have signed a letter, saying that if Altman cannot return to OpenAI, they will also resign and join Microsoft's new team.
Altman, 38, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015, released a large language model, ChatGPT, in November last year, and he has also been called the "father of ChatGPT" by some media outlets. Currently, Microsoft is the largest investor in OpenAI, with an investment of $11 billion.
U.S. media analysis pointed out that Altman's job change shows people's disagreement in the field of artificial intelligence. Some consider AI to be the most important new technology since web browsers, while others worry about the risks associated with developing AI too quickly. (ENDS)