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Sam Altman will not return to OpenAI as CEO, Emmett Shear set to become interim chief: report

Sam Altman will reportedly not resume his role as CEO of OpenAI, despite concerted efforts by company executives to convince him to return, according to sources cited by The Information. Reports suggest that Emmett Shear, co-founder of popular video streaming platform Twitch, is set to take on the role of interim CEO, as reported by co-founder and board director Ilya Sutskever.

Given Altman’s prominent position as the face of generic AI and his key role in transforming OpenAI from a non-profit organization to a commercially viable entity, the sudden change in leadership comes as a shock. Sources tell us that Altman was ousted by the company due to an alleged lack of transparency in his communications. Reportedly, he clashed with board members, who expressed concerns about the pace of his initiative, particularly in relation to the security implications of a technology that could generate material that could potentially harm the public if unchecked. Can.

OpenAI’s chief operating officer, Brad Lightcap, said over the weekend that security concerns were not the primary reason for Altman’s dismissal, attributing the decision to a “breakdown in communication.”

Following these events, reports emerged that interim CEO Mira Muratti was considering reinstating Altman and former president Greg Brockman in roles that have not yet been finalized.

The news of Altman’s non-return coincides with speculation that Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI with a stake of more than $10 billion, may be collaborating with investors such as Thrive Capital and Tiger Global Management to facilitate Altman’s return. Used to be.

In an effort to reinstate Altman, investors are reportedly advocating for changes to the current board. Although the directors have considered stepping down, they are hesitant to do so at this time. The situation remains fluid, and final decisions have not been concrete. If the board were to step down, investors are said to be evaluating potential new directors, with former Salesforce co-CEO Brett Taylor emerging as one of the contenders.

The news follows Altman’s recent post on social media, where he shared a photo of a guest card from the OpenAI offices, saying, “First and last time I’ll wear one of these.”



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