As the new CEO of OpenAI, Emmett Shear has expressed his harsh opinions on his time at Microsoft. In a post on X, he compared his experience with “selling his soul.” Microsoft showed interest in OpenAI by investing $10 billion and hiring ex-CEO Sam Altman to lead a new AI team.
Shear’s negative experience with Microsoft became clear when he referenced that Altman’s termination was “handled very badly” and had “seriously damaged our trust.” His social media posts suggest that he wants to slow down AI development, which is unlikely to benefit the relationship between OpenAI and Microsoft.
The sudden turn of events shocked both companies when it was announced that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman would now head up a new AI team at Microsoft, replacing the idea that Altman would return to OpenAI or continue not to be a part of OpenAI. The corporation has been silent about Shear’s reappointment as CEO, but it seems that Sam Altman has finally decided to join Microsoft. No formal response from either company has been forthcoming.