ATLANTIC: Air Street Capital announces the news that Tim Altman and Tim Brockman will join Microsoft for a new advanced AI research team
The company’s employees signed an open letter demanding the resignation of the board and the rehiring of former president Greg Brockman. Altman was fired by the board.
“We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them,” Nadella said in a statement. “And we’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team.”
“Satya now looks like one of the most epic kingmakers,” said Nathan Benaich, the founder and general partner of Air Street Capital.
Azhar believes that Microsoft will allow Sam the ability to go up and down the stack. “Microsoft itself is developing its own chips for AI. Well, Altman’s group can probably help with that now, and they will be developing consumer electronics like surface computers and so on. Sam can start to head into that direction now through this group.”
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None of them have shed much light on what Altman did or did not do that triggered the board to eject him. An Openai staff member speaking on the condition of anonymity says that the board has communicated little about its thinking during the crisis.
Remarkably, the letter’s signees include Ilya Sutskever, the company’s chief scientist and a member of its board, who has been blamed for coordinating the boardroom coup against Altman in the first place.
Chaos at OpenAI has its root in an unusual corporate structure designed to protect humanity against rogue AI—some investors had expressed fears it could weaken the company.
Nadela said they look forward to providing the resources needed for their success and appeared to leave the door open to any employees interested in jumping ship.
Shear was one of the founding members of Justin.tv. The site moved it’s gaming content to its new platform that became the go-to place for video game streaming with millions of streamers. Amazon bought the company for $1 billion in 2014.
The former Twitch employee also portrayed Shear as an eccentric character who spoke from the heart, sometimes without thinking, they claim. They claim that the former employee remembered that Shear was playing a game on his phone while in the presentation.
Since the OpenAI board announced the appointment of Shear, several of his old posts on X have been shared on social media. He discussed the prevalence of rape fantasies, while also suggesting there are worse scenarios than a Nazi takeover. Shear did not reply immediately.
Some staff employed on work visas tied to OpenAI that make switching companies difficult posted on X today to say they signed the letter anyway. “I’m on a research visa too that I will lose if I resign,” Boris Power, the company’s head of applied research wrote. These are details that will help the mission.