Sacked OpenAI boss Sam Altman to join Microsoft

Sam Altman is joining Microsoft, the tech-giant has announced, ending speculation he might return to OpenAI just 48 hours after his chaotic ousting, the BBC reports.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that Mr Altman would be joining Microsoft to lead “a new advanced AI research team.”

Meanwhile, ex-Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will become OpenAI’s new boss. Mr Shear confirmed that news on X.

Writing on the platform formerly called Twitter, he called the job a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

But he added that the way Mr Altman had been sacked was “handled very badly” and “seriously damaged our trust”.

The board dismissed Sam Altman, 38, on Friday, saying it had lost confidence in him, and named OpenAI’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, as its interim chief executive.

But by Monday morning, US media was reporting that Mr Shear would take the reigns.

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