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Microsoft Should Have Been Consulted in OpenAI’s Decision to Fire Sam Altman


Nov 21, 2023

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes that OpenAI should have consulted with him before firing former CEO Sam Altman. He made this statement on a podcast hosted by Kara Swisher, explaining that it would have been the “very least” the board could have done given Microsoft’s investment in the company.

Microsoft has invested billions in OpenAI, and the two companies use each other’s technology for their respective products. ChatGPT powers Microsoft’s Bing search engine, while OpenAI uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud servers. However, Microsoft was not aware of Altman’s removal until OpenAI went public with the announcement.

Nadella believes that as a partner in OpenAI, he should have been consulted on big decisions. He also stated that there must be a reason why someone chose to fire Altman twice and urged people to think about why. The drama surrounding Altman’s removal seems far from over, with nearly all of OpenAI’s staff threatening to quit unless the board resigns and Altman returns as CEO.

On Monday, Nadella announced that he had hired Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman to head Microsoft’s new advanced AI research team. Despite this news, it seems that the situation is not yet resolved. Representatives for Microsoft and OpenAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider outside regular business hours.

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