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Introducing Emmett Shear: The New OpenAI CEO Succeeding Sam Altman

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LISBON, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 07: LISBON, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 07: Emmett Shear, Twitch, on the Contentmakers 1 Stage Stage during day two of Web Summit 2018 at the Altice Arena on November 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2018, more than 70,000 attendees from over 170 countries will fly to Lisbon for Web Summit, including over 1,500 startups, 1,200 speakers and 2,600 international journalists. (Photo by Eoin Noonan /Web Summit via Getty Images)

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It’s been just a few days since Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, was ousted in a shock move and temporarily replaced by Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati, who served as the firm’s interim CEO. Now, a new replacement for interim CEO of OpenAI has been named.

After a weekend of rumor and speculation, Emmett Shear — former co-founder and CEO of Twitch — confirmed he will take the top job at probably the most high-profile AI company in the world. In a post on X early Monday, Shear said he got a call from the company asking him to become interim CEO of the company.

“After consulting with my family and reflecting on it for just a few hours, I accepted,” Shear said in the X post. It comes after Altman, who led OpenAI through its development of the wildly popular generative artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, was fired by the OpenAI board.

The reasons behind his departure are unclear, but some insiders had expressed concern that Altman wasn’t the right fit for the company. He is involved in another company, the eyeball-scanning tech company Worldcoin, for example, and there were concerns that this may have served as a distraction.

Who is Emmett Shear?

Shear is a big name in Silicon Valley — but to most people, he is unknown.

Shear took Twitch — the live-streaming site he co-founded with Justin Kan, Michael Seibel, and Kyle Vogt in 2007 — from originally broadcasting the life of Kan 24/7, to a worldwide phenomenon.

Why it matters

The swift elevation of Shear to OpenAI’s CEO puts him in charge of one of the most important companies in the AI world today.

OpenAI is known for its popular generative AI chatbot, ChatGPT.

The powerful technology behind that chatbot is called a large language model, or LLM. This is an AI model capable of processing and generating human language, based on training from vast amounts of data.

As head of OpenAI, Shear will likely face pressure from regulators who have been heavily scrutinizing AI model companies given the risks the technology poses around misinformation and potential displacement of jobs.

Earlier this month, the U.K. held a pivotal summit on AI safety, attended by major foundational AI companies, to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the field.

Particularly high on the list of discussion areas for world leaders was the “existential risk” that AI poses to humans.

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Altman has himself warned of the threat of AI to eradicate humanity, despite being at the helm of a company that was working on rapidly advancing the technology.

Notably, like Altman and other tech leaders including Elon Musk, Shear has himself made several comments about the potential for AI to eradicate humanity.

On The Logan Bartlett Show, a podcast hosted by Redpoint Ventures General Partner Logan Bartlett, Shear said he think there’s a “five-to-50” chance that AI may wipe out all human life today.

Further to this, Shear also said that the potential of AI going rogue in the future “should cause you to shit your pants.”

He added that a potentially sentient artificial intelligence known as artificial general intelligence or AGI could result not only in the eradication of humanity, but also “potential destruction of all value in the life chain,” and a “universe-destroying bomb.”

Clarification: The headline of this story has been amended to reflect the fact that Shear has been named interim CEO of OpenAI.

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