In the aftermath of Sam Altman’s departure, Emmett Shear steps in as interim CEO of OpenAI, expressing reservations about the immense potential and risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI). During a podcast appearance on The Logan Bartlett Show, the former Twitch boss conveyed his concerns about the transformative power of AI.
Mr. Shear emphasized the dual nature of AI, acknowledging its capacity for significant benefits while cautioning about potential risks. He underscored that while technology brings numerous advantages, the possibility of misusing it always exists. He highlighted the evolution of AI, predicting its capability to address multifaceted problems but also acknowledging the looming threat of it surpassing human civilization, estimating the likelihood to be between 2-50%.
Expressing apprehension, Shear detailed the potential future scenario where AI may autonomously and rapidly enhance itself, noting the inherent power within intelligence. He likened the situation to a catastrophic event, suggesting it could surpass even global warming in its magnitude of impact.
The recent changes in OpenAI’s leadership, with Emmett Shear assuming interim CEO responsibilities, raise anticipation about the company’s trajectory. Meanwhile, Sam Altman’s transition to head a new AI research team at Microsoft, announced by Microsoft chief Satya Nadella, may potentially advance the tech giant’s AI initiatives.
Emmett Shear, 40, known for his tenure at Amazon-owned Twitch, departed as CEO earlier this year after a lengthy stint in the live video streaming platform.
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