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Microsoft announced the hiring of Sam Altman (pictured) and Greg Brockman, co-founder and former president of OpenAI, to lead its new research team on advanced AI.


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The IT giant Microsoft, which has invested several billion dollars in OpenAI, which is at the origin of the chatbot ChatGPT, has announced that it is taking Sam Altman and Greg Brockman under its wing, whose departure from The company they co-founded shocked the artificial intelligence (AI) world last week.

Monday's developments come after a weekend of speculation about how the power dynamics would evolve within OpenAI.

Recall that in November 2022, this company's conversational robot kicked off the era of generative AI, producing texts, images, videos and music similar to what a human being could do.

At the end of the weekend, Emmett Shear, co-founder and former executive of the streaming platform Twitch, which is popular with video game enthusiasts, took over as interim CEO of OpenAI. Microsoft, for its part, announced the hiring of Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, co-founder and former president of OpenAI, to lead its new advanced AI research team.

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Emmett Shear, former CEO of Twitch, takes over as interim director of OpenAI.

Despite the breakup with ChatGPT's core founders and the company they helped build, Emmett Shear and Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chairman and CEO, said they remained committed to their partnership .

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in the start-up and helped provide the computing power necessary for its AI systems to operate. Satya Nadella said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he was extremely excited to welcome former OpenAI executives and looked forward to doing so. knowledge of Emmett Shear and the rest of the management team.

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In a response to X, Sam Altman said the mission continues, while Mr. Brockman wrote: We're going to build something new and it will be amazing.

The OpenAI team said Friday that Sam Altman was pushed out after a review found he was not always candid in his communications with the board of directors, who had lost confidence in his ability to run the company.

In a post on X on Monday, interim director Emmett Shear said he would hire an independent investigator to look into what led to his predecessor's ouster and write a report. within the next 30 days.

It is clear that the process and communication around of Sam's dismissal were handled very poorly, which seriously damaged our confidence.

A quote from Emmett Shear, interim head of OpenAI

Shear added that he also plans, over the next month, to re-form the management and leadership team in light of recent departures into an effective force and to engage with members of the staff, investors and customers.

After that, Mr. Shear said he would lead changes in the organization, [including] significant governance changes where necessary.

He clarified that the board's removal of Sam Altman was not because of a specific disagreement over security, a likely reference to the debates surrounding the board's mission. OpenAI to securely build AI that is generally smarter than humans.

Last week, OpenAI refused to answer questions regarding Sam Altman's alleged lack of candor. His statement indicated that his behavior interfered with the board's ability to carry out its responsibilities.

One of the main architects of Friday's upheaval, Ilya Sutskever, co-founder, chief scientist and board member of OpenAI, shared his regrets on X Monday: I deeply regret having participated in the actions of the board of directors. It was never my intention to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built together and will do everything I can to bring the company back together.

Some 500 people , most of whose OpenAI executives still in office since the surprise dismissal of boss Sam Altman have demanded the resignation of the entire board of directors, failing which they would be ready to to resign, according to a letter published Monday by several American media outlets.

The OpenAI team did not respond to emails from The Canadian Press requesting comment. A Microsoft representative announced that the company would not make any comments beyond the statement of its CEO.

With information from The Canadian Press and Reuters


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