What to know about OpenAI’s new interim CEO Emmett Shear

OpenAI names former Twitch president Emmett Shea as interim CEO following the board’s firing of Sam Altman and decision not to reappoint him to lead the company that has been at the forefront of Twitch. did. Artificial intelligence (AI) boom.

The nonprofit board of directors, which oversees all of OpenAI’s activities, including the commercial division, fired Altman on Friday, citing a “breakdown of communication” between him and the board. Despite an employee revolt that saw Altman’s co-founder, Greg Brockman, step down as president, and more than 500 OpenAI employees demanding Altman’s return, the board The company opposed Altman’s return and appointed Shea as interim CEO.

“Today I received a call asking me to consider the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve as Interim CEO of OpenAI,” Scheer wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter). “I took this job because I believe OpenAI is one of the most important companies in existence today.When the board shared the situation and asked me to take on the role, , I didn’t make this decision lightly.In the end, I felt like I had a duty to help if I could. ”

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OpenAI’s interim CEO, Emmett Shea, takes over following the tumultuous departure of the AI ​​company’s co-founder and former CEO, Sam Altman. (Steve Jennings/via TechCrunch/Getty Images)

Schier said that OpenAI’s partnership with Microsoft “remains strong” after the uproar. The tech giant reportedly owns 49% of OpenAI’s stock and hired Altman after the board rejected his return, as well as Brockman and other former OpenAI employees. It remains unclear what the long-term effects will be, as there is a possibility that Developer of ChatGPT.

He also wrote: Altman’s retirementnoted that “it is clear that the process and communication regarding Sam’s termination was handled very poorly, which seriously undermined our credibility.”

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Mr. Shear said he plans to hire an “independent investigator to thoroughly investigate the entire process leading up to this point and prepare a full report.” He also said he would consult with stakeholders, reform the management and leadership team, and “push strongly for significant governance changes where necessary.”

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OpenAI co-founder and former CEO Sam Altman joined Microsoft after being fired by the OpenAI board of directors. (Joel Saget/via AFP/Getty Images)

He also said, “Before I took the position, I reviewed the reasons behind this change. The board did not fire Sam over specific disagreements regarding safety. They The reason for that was completely different. I’m not that crazy.” Take on this task without board support to commercialize our wonderful model. ”

Mr. Shear served as co-founder and CEO of Twitch, a role he held from 2011 until March 2023, before the company rebranded from to become Twitch. He resigned earlier this year to spend time with his family after giving birth. His son is now 9 months old. He said he “happily avoided full-time employment” until the opportunity to join OpenAI arose.

Shear also became a part-time partner at Y Combinator (a startup accelerator that has helped launch companies like Airbnb, Coinbase, Dropbox, Stripe, and Twitch) in 2011. After leaving Twitch in May of this year, Shear was named a guest group partner at the Y. combinator.

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OpenAI has grown rapidly and received a significant investment from Microsoft after the launch of ChatGPT a year ago. (Jaap Arrians/NurPhoto via / Getty Images)

Prior to being named Interim CEO of OpenAI, Mr. Shear said: Concerns about the rise of AI And if it progresses rapidly and unchecked, it could destroy humanity.

“Intelligence is power, and that kind of intelligence is inherently dangerous.Humans are the most dominant life form on this planet, almost entirely because we are more powerful than other creatures. Because it’s smart,” he explained.

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Emmett Shear was co-founder and CEO of Twitch, but stepped down earlier this year and joined OpenAI as interim CEO in November. (Robin L. Marshall/Getty Images)


“My p (doom), my odds of doom, I think my bid-ask spread is pretty high and there’s a lot of uncertainty, but I think it’s somewhere between 5 and 50,” Shear said. Told. “Then your pants should come undone… It’s like a bomb that destroys the universe… It’s not something you can solve later on, it’s like a big problem.”