Sam Altman and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, November 6, 2023, during a conference .
With the new board and Satya's support, I look forward to returning to OpenAI and building a strong partnership with Microsoft, he wrote on X (ex-Twitter).
His colleague Greg Brockman, former chairman of the board of directors who followed him to Microsoft, also announced his return to X .
OpenAI was founded in 2015 as a nonprofit. Since then, it has partnered with Microsoft, which invested billions of dollars and gave it access to its IT infrastructure to enable it to develop ever more efficient AI models.
The IT giant is also a minority shareholder – at an undisclosed level – in the private arm of OpenAI, controlled by the original foundation.
Questioned by Bloomberg on Tuesday, Satya Nadella had not ruled out a return of Sam Altman to OpenAI, affirming that changes in governance would then be necessary, to avoid sudden changes where we would not be in the loop.
Founded at the end of 2015, OpenAI has been able to count from its beginnings on the financial support of prestigious contributors, including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, the investor Peter Thiel as well as Elon Musk.
The surprise ousting of Sam Altman on Friday caused an earthquake in Silicon Valley, reminding some of the 1985 dismissal of Steve Jobs by Apple, of which he took over years later.
According to a letter published by several American media, nearly 700 of OpenAI's 770 employees, including the first interim manager, have threatened over the weekend to resign if Sam Altman, 38, did not return.
On Monday, former Twitch boss Emmett Shear, in turn named interim number 1, announced that he was launching an independent audit into the latest events.
The new board of directors, if it remains as limited as the previous one, differs drastically in the experience of its first members, all men.
Bret Taylor, 43, co-creator of Google Maps, is a former executive of software specialist Salesforce. He worked as technical director at Facebook (Meta), and was also a member of the board of directors of Twitter, which became X, until the takeover of the social network by Elon Musk.
Larry Summers, 68, a Harvard professor, is the former United States Secretary of the Treasury, and served as chief economist of the World Bank.
A well-known figure in Silicon Valley, Adam d'Angelo, 39, is one of the survivors of the previous council. He founded the question-and-answer site Quora.
On the other hand, Ilya Sutskever, head of OpenAI, entrepreneur Tasha McCauley and Helen Toner, director of strategy x27;a research institute in new technologies, are not cited and could have been excluded.
The ChatGPT conversational robot uses so-called generative artificial intelligence.
Reputedly very worried about the advances in AI, which he fears will end up pursuing goals that contradict those of AI. humanity, Ilya Sutskever said on Monday that he sincerely regretted [his] participation in the decision of the board of directors to oust Sam Altman.
The release of the first version of ChatGPT on November 30, 2022 kicked off a race for the top spot. So-called generative AI, that is to say capable of creating content (text, images, sounds) on request in everyday language.
Generative AI is seen as capable of transforming entire sectors of the economy. It arouses enthusiasm, but also strong concerns about its possible danger for democracy (massive disinformation) or employment (replaced professions), in particular.