Emmett Shear, the new CEO of OpenAI, has shared his harsh thoughts on his time at Microsoft in a post on X. He compared the experience to “selling my soul” and expressed dissatisfaction with how Sam Altman’s termination was handled. Shear’s former colleague was let go of his position leading OpenAI, and when the CEO title was handed to him, he referenced that Altman’s termination was “handled very badly” and had “seriously damaged our trust.”
Shear’s social media posts suggest that he wants to slow down AI development, which is unlikely to benefit the relationship between OpenAI and Microsoft. The announcement that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will head up a new AI team at Microsoft has replaced any possibility of Altman returning to OpenAI or continuing not to be a part of OpenAI.
After the fallout with Sam Altman, Emmett Shear was appointed as CEO for OpenAI. The corporation has been silent about the reappointment, but it seems that Sam Altman has finally gone to join Microsoft to head up a new AI team. No formal response from either company has been forthcoming.