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 the experience to “selling his soul.” Despite Microsoft’s initial interest in OpenAI and their investment of $10 billion, Shear’s negative experience with the company has been made clear.
When Sam Altman, who was previously CEO of OpenAI, was let go of his position, Shear referenced that Altman’s termination was “handled very badly” and had “seriously damaged our trust.” This incident led Shear to express a desire to slow down AI development, which is unlikely to benefit the relationship between OpenAI and Microsoft.
In a recent announcement, it was revealed that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will now head up a new AI team at Microsoft. This news effectively ends any speculation about Altman returning to OpenAI or continuing not to be a part of the company.
After the fallout with Sam Altman, Emmett Shear was appointed as CEO for OpenAI. The corporation has remained silent about the reappointment, but it seems that Altman has finally decided to join Microsoft to lead their new AI team. No formal response from either company has been forthcoming yet.