(CTN News) – According to Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear, OpenAI’s board has selected him as interim chief executive. As a result of Friday’s sacking of co-founder Sam Altman, the unexpected move is likely to deepen rifts at the company.
Earlier this week, the board replaced Altman with chief technology officer Mira Murati, a decision that plunged the leading generative artificial intelligence company into crisis.
Shear stated in a lengthy post on X that she took the position because she believes OpenAI is one of the most important companies in the world today. “I want to protect and expand it as much as possible.”
As part of Microsoft’s AI research initiative, Satya Nadella announced on Monday that he had hired Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman.
Shear outlined a “three-point plan for the next 30 days” in his post, in which he said he would “hire an independent investigator to review the entire process leading up to this point and prepare a detailed report”, speaking to “employees, partners, investors, and customers”, and reforming the leadership and management team to drive results for our customers in light of recent departures.
The stability and success of OpenAI must not be disrupted in this way, according to him.
In many cases, I believe it will take longer than a month to achieve real progress,” he said.
Altman was among those eager to press home his company’s advantage as the leading AI company in the weeks before he was ousted, according to people who knew the situation.
A slower rollout has been advocated by Shear publicly. On X, he wrote: “I’m in favor of a slowdown.”.
We can’t learn how to build a safe AI without experimenting, and we can’t experiment without progress, but we probably shouldn’t be barreling ahead at max speed either.” This aligns Shear with OpenAI’s co-founder Ilya Sutskever, who leads efforts to control superintelligent systems.
Over the weekend, several of OpenAI’s top investors and employees rallied behind Altman.Their efforts seemed likely to succeed when Altman returned to the office on Sunday afternoon.
According to the former chief, this is the first and last time he will wear a shirt like that.With Shear’s appointment, Sutskever dashed Altman’s hopes of returning soon and raised more questions about the future of the company.
The board selected Shear because Silicon Valley leaders highly recommended him.Despite the employees’ extreme unhappiness, he understood the mission.”
Also in his post, Shear hinted that Altman had been terminated. Rather than a disagreement regarding safety, the board’s reasoning was completely different,” he said. If I didn’t have board support for commercializing our awesome models, I wouldn’t have accepted the job.”
According to a company employee with knowledge of the thinking, many employees weighed their futures last night.
Several OpenAI employees expressed anguish over the weekend on X. It has been utterly devastating the last three days. There was a blog post on OpenAI’s technical staff’s blog announcing their departure.