He will have remained unemployed... Two days. Sam Altman, co-founder and former head of the start-up OpenAI who was fired on Friday, has just been hired by Microsoft. The announcement was made on Monday by Satya Nadella, the boss of the American giant. Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, both co-founders of OpenAI, the startup that launched ChatGPT, "will join with other Microsoft colleagues to lead a new AI research team," Nadella wrote on X.

"The mission continues," Sam Altman, 38, said on social network X. Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and has integrated the technology into its own products, such as the Bing search engine.

Mass departures at OpenAI

OpenAI's board of directors created a surprise on Friday by announcing the dismissal of the Silicon Valley star with immediate effect following "deliberative review by the board, which concluded that he had not always been candid in his communications with the board, impeding his ability to fulfill his responsibilities." This body no longer has "confidence in its ability to lead OpenAI," she added.

Several executives at the company, which was founded in late 2015, have since announced their resignations, including board chairman Greg Brockman.

The release of the first version of ChatGPT on November 30, 2022 kicked off a race in artificial intelligence (AI). Widely considered to be a revolution comparable to the advent of the internet, generative AI makes it possible to produce texts, lines of code, images and sounds on a simple query in everyday language. It also raises serious concerns about the dangers to democracy (massive disinformation) or employment (replaced professions), among others.

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