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Microsoft has announced the arrival of Sam Altman, co-founder and former number one of OpenAI, three days after the announcement of his dismissal by the board of directors of his former company. Several OpenAI executives have also indicated their departure. For its part, OpenAI has announced the arrival of Emmett Shear, the new interim executive.

Microsoft will hire Sam Altman, the co-founder and former number one of the start-up OpenAI, Satya Nadella, the boss of the American giant, announced on Monday, three days after the announcement of the dismissal of the Silicon Valley star. Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, both co-founders of OpenAI, "will be joining with other Microsoft colleagues to lead a new AI research team," Satya Nadella wrote on X (ex-Twitter). OpenAI is the startup that launched the generative artificial intelligence (AI) platform ChatGPT. "The mission continues," Sam Altman, 38, said on social media X.

Several officials have since announced their resignations

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and has integrated the technology into its own products, such as the Bing search engine. OpenAI's board of directors created a surprise on Friday by announcing the dismissal of the Silicon Valley star with immediate effect following "deliberative review by the board, which concluded that he had not always been candid in his communications with the board, impeding his ability to fulfill his responsibilities." This body no longer has "confidence in its ability to lead OpenAI", she added.

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Several executives at the company, which was founded in late 2015, have since announced their resignations, including board chairman Greg Brockman. For his part, Emmett Shear, co-founder of the video streaming platform Twitch which he led until March, announced on Monday that he will become the new interim head of OpenAI. "I accepted this position because I believe OpenAI is one of the most important companies out there right now," he wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

The release of the first version of ChatGPT on November 30, 2022 kicked off a race in artificial intelligence (AI). Widely considered to be a revolution comparable to the advent of the internet, generative AI makes it possible to produce texts, lines of code, images and sounds on a simple query in everyday language. It also raises serious concerns about the dangers to democracy (massive disinformation) or employment (replaced professions), among others.