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Emmett Shear is OpenAI’s third CEO in as many days. Emmett Shear, co-founder of Twitch, has officially taken over as OpenAI’s temporary CEO following the unexpected dismissal of former CEO Sam Altman this past Friday. Shear’s appointment was initially made public on Sunday night by The Information. Just one hour has passed since Microsoft announced that it had recruited OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and Sam Altman to lead a new advanced AI research team.

Emmett Shear writes on X (formerly Twitter) that he received a call today encouraging him to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to become the temporary CEO of OpenAI. “I accepted after talking to my family and thinking about it for a few hours.”

Shear co-founded the Justin.tv website, which later evolved into Twitch, and quit as CEO of the streaming network earlier this year. He is taking over as OpenAI’s acting CEO during a challenging period for the business. After Sam Altman was abruptly fired on Friday, OpenAI’s chief technical officer Mira Murati took over as temporary CEO for a short while. A number of OpenAI staff members publicly expressed their support for Altman as he was negotiating his possible reinstatement with the OpenAI board.

Now, over a year after ChatGPT launched, Shear assumes control of OpenAI in a significant reorganisation. Shear explains, “I took this job because I think OpenAI is one of the most important companies in existence right now.” “I didn’t make the choice lightly when the board informed me of the circumstances and requested me to assume the job. In the end, I thought it was my responsibility to assist if I could.

Shear’s statement was much the same as Microsoft’s, which reiterated that the collaboration with OpenAI is still in place. “We still have a strong partnership with Microsoft, and I will be focusing on making sure we continue to provide excellent customer service to all of our customers in the upcoming weeks,” Shear adds. “As you might expect, OpenAI staff members are really outstanding and deeply dedicated by their objective. Furthermore, it’s evident that Sam’s dismissal procedure and conversations were handled terribly, which has severely eroded our confidence.

It won’t be simple to resolve the unrest at OpenAI, especially since Altman and Brockman have both joined Microsoft, a significant investor that is said to own a 49 percent stake in the company. Shear now intends to commission a third-party investigator to provide a report.on the events that preceded Altman’s dismissal. In the next 30 days, he also intends to restructure OpenAI’s leadership and management teams in response to possible resignations from the company’s executives and staff.

Shear states, “OpenAI’s success and stability are too important to let turmoil disrupt them in this way.” “Although I think it may take more than a month in many cases to achieve true progress, I will endeavour to address the key concerns as well.”

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