Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made an exhilarating announcement today regarding the establishment of a fresh AI research team within the company. This team will be headed by Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, along with Greg Brockman, who previously held the positions of CEO and president at OpenAI. Following this news, billionaire Elon Musk, who had previously invested in OpenAI and claimed that the company survived solely due to his substantial financial support, responded with a taunt.
In a tweet at X, Nadella expressed his excitement about Altman and Brockman joining Microsoft, saying, “We’re excited to have Sam Altman and Greg Brockman lead a new advanced AI research group. We’re ready to provide them with the resources they need to succeed.”
Elon Musk’s answer
Elon Musk, known for his past investment in OpenAI and his criticism of Altman over Microsoft’s collaboration to turn OpenAI from a non-profit to a money-making machine, responded by saying, “Now they have to use Teams!” Musk has long criticized Microsoft’s enormous influence over OpenAI.
Altman had been rumored to be starting his own AI company, but he and Nadella surprised everyone when it was announced that the creator of ChatGPT was joining Microsoft. Altman, 38, responded to Nadella’s announcement with a simple statement: “The mission continues.”
Microsoft’s commitment to innovation and independence
In a tweet to Altman, Nadella expressed his excitement about having Altman lead the new group and set “a new pace for innovation.” He also emphasized Microsoft’s commitment to allowing founders and innovators to maintain independent identities and cultures within the company. He pointed to successful examples such as GitHub, Mojang Studios and LinkedIn.
OpenAI board operation and leadership changes
Last Friday, in a decisive turn for OpenAI, the board had publicly declared that it had lost confidence in Altman and fired him as CEO. Allegations of communication transparency issues were leveled against him, leading to swift action in which Altman was ousted and Brockman resigned after his resignation.
The convergence of tech titans and the ensuing banter on social media has added an entertaining layer to Sam Altman’s move to Microsoft’s advanced artificial intelligence research team.