OpenAI’s new interim chief executive officer Emmett Shear, who until Monday described himself as “super opinionated” in his biography on X, has used the social network to post unfiltered thoughts on sexuality and criticise his new company’s biggest backer.
It’s a far cry from the polished corporate language used by many Silicon Valley leaders, and his apparent lack of filter may create problems for a company trying to steady itself after a chaotic few days in which CEO Sam Altman was forced out and his cofounder Greg Brockman quit.
In July, prior to his appointment at OpenAI, Shear posted about his experience as an intern at Microsoft Corp., which has invested $13 billion in OpenAI, and which on Monday hired Altman to run an advanced AI development unit internally. “When I was interning for Microsoft every paycheck felt like I was getting the payment for a little chunk of my soul in the mail,” Shear said.
In August, prior to his appointment at OpenAI, Shear responded to a post about women advocating for “free use,” a fetish where they agree to be sexually available to their partners at all times. He said on the social network formerly known as Twitter that it was a “BDSM non-consent/humiliation kink thing,” adding that “between 40-60% of women seem to have rape/non-consent fantasies,” citing an article on Wikipedia.
OpenAI and Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Shear hung up on a call from a reporter without commenting. He