Sam Altman not returning as CEO of OpenAI: Report A memo from the OpenAI board sent to employees and seen by the New York Times said, “The board firmly stands by its decision as the only path to advance and defend the mission of OpenAI," “Put simply, Sam’s behavior and lack of transparency in his interactions with the board undermined the board’s ability to effectively supervise the company in the manner it was mandated to do," the memo added. Shear was the CEO of Twitch (a company he co-founded, but which was later acquired by Amazon in 2014) until March this year, where he spent around a decade turning the company from Justin.tv into the most successful video game streaming service in the world.
He was later appointed as a part-time advisor to companies at Y Combinator, a startup run by Sam Altman, from 2014 to 2019. According to a Bloomberg report, Shear has links to the effective altruism movement, which is sceptical about the risks posed by artificial intelligence.
Effective altruists have imagined various scenarios in which powerful AI systems could be used to cause serious and widespread harm. Speaking about the possibility of a hyper-intelligent AI getting out of human control, Shear said (as quoted by the Wall Street Journal): (as quoted by Wall Street Journal), “It’s like a universe destroying bomb…It’s bad in a way that makes global warming not a problem."Milestone Alert!
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