Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and many of their former OpenAI colleagues will join Microsoft, the software conglomerate’s chief Satya Nadella said on Monday, ending an intense three days of discussions after an unexpected OpenAI board’s decision to dismiss Altman.
Several members of OpenAI, including co-founder Brockman, left the company in protest last week. At Microsoft, former OpenAI members will lead a “new advanced AI research team,” Nadella said in a statement.
“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success,” he added.
Nadella, whose company has invested more than $10 billion in OpenAI, said the company remains committed to the startup.
“We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and to continue to support our customers and partners. We look forward to to get to know Emmett Shear and the new OAI leadership team and work with them,” Nadella added.
More to follow.