Sam Altman was fired as CEO of OpenAI on Friday. Shortly after, the board attempted to rehire him under pressure from Microsoft and other investors, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Altman insisted that the entire OpenAI board be replaced as a condition for his return, but negotiations fell through. In response, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, made a surprising announcement that Altman would be leading a new team of AI researchers at Microsoft. This move was seen as a significant power shift in the artificial intelligence industry. OpenAI has now appointed Emmett Shear, former co-founder of Twitch, as interim CEO. Following the news of Altman’s move to Microsoft, industry leaders and experts have been sharing their thoughts on this major development in the AI landscape.
Sam Altman joins Microsoft’s reaction
In a recent post, Satya Nadella announced via X that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman are joining Microsoft, to which Sam Altman responded by saying “the mission continues.” Additionally, in a separate message, Nadella added: “I’m very excited to join this new group, Sam, as CEO, which will set a new pace for innovation. We’ve learned a lot over the years about how to give founders and innovators the space to build independent identities and cultures at Microsoft, including GitHub, Mojang Studios and LinkedIn, and I look forward to seeing you do the same.
Elon Musk, who had kept OpenAI alive during its rocky beginnings, reacted to the change with this typically curt quip: “Now they have to use Teams!”
Famous podcaster and scientist Lex Fridman put it very well in an X message “Wow. Regardless of what happens group-wise, I hope the benefit of humanity remains the top priority. The right path for AGI is too important”
Iba Masood, CEO and founder of Tara.ai, said: “Moral of the story: don’t bet against Microsoft.” Indian entrepreneur Ankur Warikoo shared his excitement saying, “What a boss move. I’m excited about what comes next with this partnership.”
Box CEO Aaron Levie said, “Satya’s incredible performance in one of the most dynamic situations in tech history.”
Everyone in the industry seems excited about the bold move by Sam Altman and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Also, given that many OpenAI employees had threatened to quit, and they do, will it rob the company of all its talent and experience? Now is the time to show how the partnership benefits the company and all of humanity.