Ousted by OpenAI's board as CEO last Friday due to leadership scrutiny and then failed weekend dialogues for his reinstatement as CEO; Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, announces Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI and Greg Brockman, who resigned from OpenAI due to Altman dismissal will be joining to lead Microsoft's new advanced AI research team.
With zeal, Nadella states, "Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, alongside their peers, shall lead Microsoft's advanced AI research. Promptly, we'll furnish them with vital resources for triumph."
Altman, acknowledging his Microsoft venture on X (formerly Twitter), quoted Nadella's post with "the mission continues." Nadella hints at Altman's role, drawing parallels to cultivating autonomous identities in GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn.
Altman's enlistment swiftly ensues faltering OpenAI board talks. Emmett Shear, former Twitch CEO, assumes interim OpenAI CEO, succeeding Mira Murati post Altman's sudden removal.
Altman's quest to reclaim OpenAI's helm foiled, the board remains steadfast. Concurrently, he ventures into "Tigris," aspiring to forge AI Tensor Processing Unit chips challenging Nvidia, garnering interest from venture firms and Microsoft.
Microsoft forges a fresh AI research unit under Altman and Brockman's tutelage. The recent revelation of an in-house AI chip signals autonomy from Nvidia's reliance. Simultaneously, Microsoft introduces an Arm-based CPU for cloud workloads, fortifying Azure data centers.
In collaboration with Microsoft, Altman and OpenAI refine the Maia AI chip. Despite efforts to downplay its impact on the Nvidia partnership, the Maia GPU stands as part of a series with a second generation in progress.
Microsoft sustains a substantial "multibillion dollar investment" in OpenAI, reaffirming commitment amid whispers of a $10 billion valuation. As the exclusive cloud partner for OpenAI, Microsoft's services energize its workloads across products, APIs, and research.
Nadella reiterates commitment, expressing confidence in the product roadmap, innovation, and collaboration. Extending a welcome to Shear and OpenAI's new leadership, Microsoft anticipates an ongoing partnership.