Emmett Shear: What does OpenAI’s new CEO offer that Sam Altman couldn’t?

Emmett Shear, the new CEO of OpenAI, is the co-founder of Twitch.  — X/@mint
Emmett Shear, the new CEO of OpenAI, is the co-founder of Twitch. — X/@mint

OpenAI has taken a very different tack, appointing former Twitch CEO and co-founder Emmett Shear as CEO, following talks over the weekend to potentially reinstate Sam Altman as OpenAI's CEO following his shock termination.

He will replace Mira Murat, who has been an outspoken supporter of Altman, as CEO.

For those keeping track, that's three CEOs in three days.

Shire's surprise nomination follows, according to several sources, the refusal of OpenAI's four-member board to step down and allow Altman to rejoin.

information The first to break the story claimed that workers were told on Sunday that Altman's replacement was “the only way” to realize the company's goal of creating artificial general intelligence that was “broadly profitable.” OpenAI spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

OpenAI's biggest investor, Microsoft, seems to have made the most of the situation. CEO Satya Nadella said “we remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap” in a statement late Sunday.

Altman and former president Greg Brockman are joining Microsoft “along with colleagues” to lead “a new group of advanced artificial intelligence researchers.”

“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources they need to succeed,” Nadella said.

The board said Altman was not “consistently candid in his communications,” which led to his sudden resignation from OpenAI.

The board quickly considered its return in response to pressure from investors and the possibility of widespread staff strikes, as we report on Saturday.

The remaining board members face a wave of employee resignations if they fail to step down and reinstate Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman by Saturday's 5 p.m. deadline, as the Altman camp has called for. Many OpenAI employees began supporting Altman on social media after the deadline.

On Sunday, Altman returned to OpenAI's office and said it would be the “first and last time” he would carry a visitor's card. This meant that he would either not rejoin the institution or return as CEO. A second deadline of 5pm on Sunday to agree a ceasefire was missed.

Ilya Sutzkever, chief scientist at OpenAI, Adam D'Angelo, CEO of Quora, Tasha McCall, former CEO of GeoSim Systems, and Helen Toner, director of strategy at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technologies, make up the board that governs the nonprofit parent Organization.

A key figure in Altman's firing was Sutzkever, a well-known researcher in the area, who is believed to have burned a wooden effigy depicting a “wrong” artificial intelligence under fire at his workplace.

Given that Shear isn't considered a leader in the field, it's surprising to see him named as the CEO of the world's most prominent AI business. He left Twitch in March amid a wave of layoffs.

In October there was another round of layoffs. In 2014, Amazon bought the live streaming service for $1 billion.

“I got a call today inviting me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to be the Interim CEO of @OpenAI,” Shir wrote on X . “After consulting with my family and thinking for several hours. , I agreed. “

“The people at OpenAI are very impressive, as you can imagine, and extremely mission-oriented,” he continued. “And it's clear that the process and communications surrounding Sam's removal were very poor, which seriously damaged our trust.”

He went on to say that the board did not fire Altman “because of any specific disagreement about security, their reasoning was completely different from that. I'm not crazy enough to do this job without the board's support to commercialize our awesome models. “

Just over a year ago, with the debut of ChatGPT, OpenAI's profile rose. Altman said earlier this month that it is one of the fastest-growing platforms, with more than 100 million weekly users.