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Rififi at OpenAI: The founder of ChatGPT moves to Microsoft

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr18,2024

 Rififi at OpenAI: The founder of ChatGPT moves to Microsoft

© Jason Redmond/AFP/Archives Microsoft boss Satya Nadella during the annual shareholders' meeting in Bellevue, Washington State, on November 29, 2017.

It's the news of the weekend in the tech world: Sam Altman, the founder of ChatGPT, was ousted from OpenAI by its board of directors and joined Microsoft in the process, to be part of a team “dedicated to AI research”.

Great catch for the American giant, which was just starting to gain traction on the stock market. This morning at 9 a.m., Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proudly announced that the company would welcome Sam Altman and his sidekick Greg Brockman. “We are going to build something new and it will be incredible,” he promised on X.

Two days earlier, he and Sam Altman had just been kicked out of OpenAI by the “board”, notably because “he [Sam – editor's note] had not always been frank in his communications with the board, obstructing to its ability to fulfill its responsibilities.” As the Strategies report, a week earlier, the group had disconnected OpenAI tools internally for a few hours, for security reasons. Security breach or smokescreen, we don't really know. This is also the moment when Sam Altman began to talk about ChatGPT 5, a generalized artificial intelligence, which could therefore mix text, images, sound, etc.

In any case, these events have created problems within OpenAI, the parent company of the terrible robot; the company's executives, furious, asked the board of directors to step down. In the meantime, it was the American entrepreneur Emmett Shear, co-founder of the Twitch platform, who agreed to take the reins of the start-up, convinced “that OpenAI is one of the most important companies there is today”. He pledged to clarify the reasons for Sam Altman's departure and to “reform the management team […] to make it a force capable of obtaining results for our clients.”

For his part, Satya Nadella assured on We look forward to getting to know and working with Emmett Shear and the new OAI leadership team.”

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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