This weekend has certainly been crazy for fans of artificial intelligence. As you already know, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has been abruptly fired, although some voices spoke of a return sooner than expected.
Finally, and To the surprise of many, no, Sam Altman will not return to the company despite threats from some workers and the board of directors has surprised by appointing Emmett Shear, former CEO and co-founder of Twitch, as interim CEO.
The board of directors, composed of leading figures in the scientific and security field of artificial intelligence, such as Ilya Sutskever and Adam D’Angelo, faced the difficult decision of not giving in to Altman’s demands and choosing Emmett Shear as Interim CEO.
Sources report that the board views removing Altman as the “only path” to fulfilling OpenAI’s mission of achieving “broadly beneficial” artificial general intelligence.
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However, the lack of transparency around the exact reasons behind Altman’s firing and the subsequent negotiations has left employees, investors and experts open-mouthed and many of them very angry.
The board has argued that Altman was not “consistently truthful in his communications,” which created tensions and led to the rapid succession of events. The lack of clarity over the situation has led to a series of missed deadlines and ultimately the appointment of Shear as interim leader.
Shear, known for being the co-founder of Twitch, finds himself in a rather strange position leading what is considered by many to be the great artificial intelligence company in the world, despite not being considered a prominent leader in this sector.
His appointment undoubtedly raises many doubts about the direction that OpenAI will now take under his leadership, especially after his departure. from Twitch ahead of a major round of layoffs in March: Will the same happen at OpenAI?
Furthermore, the departure of Altman and Greg Brockman, followed by that of several senior researchers, raises the possibility of a massive drain of talent behind them, as There is speculation that both of them will create a new startup..