Microsoft hires ex-OpenAI leaders Altman and Brockman to lead new AI group

From TechCrunch: Microsoft has hired OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to head up a “new advanced AI research team,” the software conglomerate’s chief Satya Nadella said Monday, capping three days of intense discussions following the unexpected decision by OpenAI’s board to dismiss Altman.

Many OpenAI members, including the co-founder Brockman, left the firm in protest last week. Altman will serve as the chief executive of the new AI group at Microsoft, Nadella said. “We’ve learned a lot over the years about how to give founders and innovators space to build independent identities and cultures within Microsoft, including GitHub, Mojang Studios and LinkedIn, and I’m looking forward to having you do the same.”

Nadella said Altman and Brockman will be joined by “colleagues.” Former OpenAI top talent Szymon Sidor, Jakub Pachocki and Aleksander Madry are joining Microsoft with “more” to follow suit, Brockman said in a post on X. (Microsoft has extended job offers to all employees at OpenAI, according to a letter that OpenAI employees wrote Monday in which they asked the board to resign.)

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