The Microsoft-backed artificial intelligence (AI) company OpenAI had a major shift in leadership over the weekend after its
He also clarified in his post that prior to taking the role he checked the “reasoning” behind the change and stated that:
“The board did *not* remove Sam over any specific disagreement on safety, their reasoning was completely different from that.”
Shear also served as a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator and is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in Bachelor of Science with a major in computer science.
Since his appointment as replacement CEO of Altman, images have begun circulating on social media of the two executives together in a “Y Combinator” class.
photo of Emmett Shear (red) and Sam Altman (yellow) from when they were in the original 2005 Y Combinator class together. pic.twitter.com/x2lI64e6sU
— John Coogan (@johncoogan) November 20, 2023
Earlier this year, Shear appeared on a podcast in which he called advanced AI an “intrinsically very dangerous thing because intelligence is power.”
Hours before OpenAI named its new CEO, Big Tech giant Microsoft, a majority backer of OpenAI, announced that it would be hiring both Altman and former board member and president Greg Brockman.
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