Changes in OpenAI: Sam Altman returns to the company and Microsoft joins its board of directors

Sam Altman has officially returned to the position of OpenAI CEO. He wrote a letter to the company’s employees and described his vision for the future, writes The Verge.

“I have never been more excited about the future,” Altman said in a memo to employees shared with The Verge. “I am extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in an unclear and unprecedented situation, and I believe our resilience and spirit set us apart in the industry. I feel so, so good about our probability of success for achieving our mission.”

At the same time, the OpenAI CEO drew attention to the fact that the company had not lost a single client during these several weeks of tumultuous events. According to him, this encourages them to work even harder.

He also outlined the immediate priorities for the work. These include advancing the research plan and further investment in full-cycle security, improving and implementing products and customer service, and improving the OpenAI governance structure.

At the same time, he added that he is waiting for the “completion of work on the creation” of AGI – general artificial intelligence.

It has also become known that Microsoft will receive a non-voting observer seat on the new OpenAI board of directors. This means that the tech giant will have more access to the company’s internal workings, but will not have an official vote in important decisions.

The Board of Directors currently includes Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo.

We would like to remind you that recently it became known that Sam Altman was fired from OpenAI. The story unfolded over the course of several days, when Altman was supported by almost all of the company’s employees. It all ended quite expectedly, with OpenAI announcing the return of Sam Altman as CEO.