The technology industry, and more specifically in the field of artificial intelligence, is currently a rollercoaster of comings and goings. The protagonist, as it could not be otherwise, has been Sam Altman, who was CEO of OpenAI until just this weekend. His dismissal has been a surprise to the entire technology industry, especially after that official statement from OpenAI alleging his ‘lack of sincerity’ in certain aspects that have not been revealed.
Although there has been an attempt to come back after the dissatisfaction of the company’s investors, Microsoft returned to doing what they do best. And both Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, now former president of the board of directors of OpenAI, join the ranks of Microsoft to lead an advanced research team on artificial intelligence.
Microsoft appears to do what they do best
Let us remember that Microsoft plays a fundamental role in this race for leadership in technologies based on artificial intelligence. The company led by Satya Nadella is investing a huge amount of money in OpenAI to, in addition to growing the company, be able to make use of all the AI tools in its long list of products and services.
Microsoft has already demonstrated this with Bing Chat, the Microsoft Designer image generator, and Copilot, among many other services. Each and every one of them makes use of the OpenAI API to access ChatGPT, DALL-E and other OpenAI technologies, becoming one of the central points of Microsoft’s strategy.
And of course, as it could not be otherwise, the signing of Altman and Brockman has been the icing on the cake for Microsoft to continue making efforts to be one of the leading companies in this still premature movement. The firm was already leading this race with the support of OpenAI, orchestra directors of AI development. However, with both leaders now at Microsoft, the company is expected to remain key in the future of generative artificial intelligence.
A golden opportunity for Microsoft, but above all for Altman
For Altman, this new starting point may be crucial to continuing to develop his grand scheme for advancing AI. Now with stronger support from Microsoft, despite having left a dominant position on the business scale, this may be the moment of greatest freedom to continue on its path.
One of those projects may have to do with its goal of challenging Nvidia as a hardware company dedicated to artificial intelligence. Before his dismissal, he was already looking for investors to design chips that could compete head-to-head with Nvidia hardware.
According to Bloomberg, Altman travelled to the Middle East to raise funds for his ‘Tigris’ project, which would seek the development of chips to position itself within the semiconductor market, for now, led by Nvidia.
Microsoft’s support for this task and the firm’s power in the field of cloud computing with Azure could be key to fulfilling Altman’s dream, a perfect harmony in software and hardware to be undisputed leaders in the development of artificial intelligence and supercomputing.
However, whatever OpenAI’s real reason for letting go of Altman, Microsoft doesn’t seem to care. According to sources close to Nadella, the Microsoft CEO was ‘furious’ after hearing the news about Altman’s dismissal. And although it is not entirely clear how much confidence Microsoft has in it, what is certain is that they want it close, since it seems like a really valuable asset. It is no wonder, especially given what he has gotten into in just a few days with his dismissal.
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Brockman has already expressed his desire to be able to contribute his ideas at Microsoft Heltman. He has already announced some of his OpenAI colleagues who will follow him in his new development team. Among them are Jakub Pachocki, who was in charge of leading the team responsible for GPT-4, Szymon Sidor, until now a scientific researcher at OpenAI, and Aleksander Madry, head of preparation at OpenAI and professor at MIT.
These people will be in charge of leading the new development team at Microsoft, although Brockman assures that there will still be more OpenAI staff coming to the company.
Microsoft, seeking leadership in the generative AI race
The decision to fire Sam Altman seems to be seriously impacting the future, of OpenAI, although for now, he remains a key player for Microsoft. And despite having ‘stolen’ its managers, the company continues to depend on OpenAI for the use of GPT-4, DALL-E and the other technologies they are working on.
On the other hand, these new signings may also represent the beginning of the end of Microsoft continuing to depend on OpenAI’s efforts in the development of generative AI. For now, Emmett Shear, former CEO of Twitch, has janded the ranks of OpenAI, who has found a golden opportunity to become the new eecutive director of OpenAI .
Shear has already shared some details about the goals he has in mind in the short term. Among them is the hiring of independent researchers to prepare an exhaustive report of the entire process that has led to this moment, continuing to speak with employees, investors and clients to take notes and reforming the management and leadership team in light. of recent departures.
It seems that Altman’s dismissal has ended up being a dart in its own direction for OpenAI. We will have to pay attention to the coming days and months to see how the play develops.
Microsoft gives a master class on time control and overcoming past mistakes
Everything indicates that Microsoft’s management team, led by Satya Nadella, is managing outstandinglywer in an outstanding manner. We have seen it on multiple occasions, most recently after the purchase historic acquisitionszard or Bethesda, historic acquisitions within the video game industry.
Furthermore, Microsoft’s efforts in developing generative AI have been lossal. In a matter of a few months, they have carried out a great transformation strategy towards this sector, with products such as Bing Chat or Copilot at the forefront of their roadmap.
Since Nadella has been in charge of the company’s management, he has managed to transform a dysfunctional and many-legged company into a benchmark in technology, going in certain aspects several steps ahead of other large technology companies such as Google, still asleep in the generative AI race, unlike its competitors.
Despite its past mistakes, Microsoft has come back considerably in recent years. With the strength that Xbox is acquiring throughout its ecosystem anthatadvancement of AI, Microsoft may be now just a stone’s throw away from dominating one of the sectors that has always resisted it: the mobile market.