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(CNN) -- Microsoft has announced plans to hire former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman to work on a new advanced artificial intelligence research team, the company's CEO Satya Nadella announced.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Nadella said they would also hire co-founder Greg Brockman, and other colleagues at OpenAI. Altman was fired Friday from the AI company he co-founded.
Nadella added in the post that "we remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI." He also said that Microsoft was looking forward to meeting Emmett Shear and OpenAI's new leadership team, which seemed to confirm reports that the former Twitch CEO had been named OpenAI's new boss.
Microsoft is OpenAI's biggest investor. Altman will be the CEO of the "new group," Nadella said.
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Several media outlets, including The Information, Bloomberg and Financial Times, cited anonymous sources on Monday to report that OpenAI's board had appointed Shear as OpenAI's interim CEO. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
The details of Altman's firing remain murky. In its statement, OpenAI said Altman had not been "truthful" enough with the board and had hindered the board's ability to carry out its responsibilities.
That ambiguous language triggered the rumor mill. But Greg Brockman, co-founder and former president of Open AI, who resigned following Altman's firing, gave the most vivid details firsthand in a post on X.
According to Brockman, Altman learned of his firing minutes before the company went public with the news. Brockman suggested that Altman was fired over a disagreement with the company's research division, led by co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever.
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A key factor in Altman's ouster was tension between Altman, who favors pushing AI development more aggressively, and OpenAI's board members, who wanted to be more cautious, according to CNN contributor Kara Swisher, who spoke to sources familiar with the crisis.
Altman had been pushing the company to bring products to market more quickly and sell them at a profit. In public, however, Altman has long warned of the risks posed by AI.