Emmett Shear, the new boss of OpenAI, has shared his harsh opinions on his time at Microsoft in a post on X. He compared his experience there to “selling his soul” and expressed negative feelings about the company’s handling of Sam Altman’s termination. Shear believes that slowing down AI development is necessary for the industry to move forward, which may not align with Microsoft’s goals.
OpenAI was acquired by Microsoft for $10 billion, and Sam Altman was hired as CEO to lead a new AI team. However, after a sudden turn of events, Altman was let go of his position leading OpenAI. When Shear took over as CEO, he criticized the way Altman’s termination was handled and how it damaged the trust between the two companies.
Shear’s social media posts suggest that he wants to slow down AI development, which may not be beneficial for OpenAI’s relationship with Microsoft. The company has been silent about Shear’s appointment as CEO but confirmed that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will head up a new AI team at Microsoft. This news marks the end of Altman’s involvement with OpenAI.
Despite their differences, both companies have maintained a professional relationship and have yet to release any official statements regarding the matter.