OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to join Microsoft

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Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and many of their former OpenAI colleagues will join Microsoft, the software conglomerate’s chief Satya Nadella said Monday, capping an intense three days of discussions following the AI startup’s board abruptly firing Altman.

Following the departure of Altman, many OpenAI employees, including the co-founder Brockman, left the firm in protest. At Microsoft, the 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 firm has invested over $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 in continuing to support our customers and partners. We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them,” Nadella added.

More to follow.

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