Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Twitch, has been named the interim CEO of OpenAI following the removal of founding CEO Sam Altman, as reported by The Information.
Altman’s dismissal, reportedly due to friction with board members, especially chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, has left the future direction of the renowned AI company uncertain.
OpenAI, known for developing the widely-used AI chatbot ChatGPT, has not provided immediate comments, leaving stakeholders in suspense.
The swift decision to appoint Shear as Altman’s replacement came amidst mixed reactions from employees when CTO Mira Murati was initially named the temporary CEO. Investors also urged the board to reconsider Altman’s termination. Bloomberg reported that the board’s choice of Shear defied calls to reinstate Altman.
While describing Shear as a techno-optimist, a former Twitch spokesperson noted his passion for benefiting the many over the few, aligning with his track record at Twitch. Concerns about the potential dangers of AI have been voiced by Shear, emphasizing the urgency of addressing this “big problem.”
OpenAI, led by Altman, secured $10 billion in funding from Microsoft this year and unveiled GPT-4 Turbo. However, concerns within the board about Altman’s fundraising strategies and potential risks associated with advancing AI technology have led to internal discussions. Altman’s achievements, including becoming the first-ever recipient of Indonesia’s 10-year Golden Visa, add another layer to the evolving narrative of OpenAI’s leadership changes.
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