Axios: Who is Emmett Shear?
Shear co-founded the live-streaming platform Twitch
in 2008 and oversaw its growth into a global phenomenon,
but resigned as controversies around the service mounted.
Shear’s 16-year tenure saw Twitch pioneer
and popularize the once-niche activity
of a person broadcasting their live playthrough
of a video game — or, increasingly often,
a feed of the streamer themselves — to thousands of viewers.
Shear became a part-time partner at Y Combinator,
a startup accelerator for which Altman previously served
as president, in 2011. Before Twitch,
he co-founded Kiko Calendar, a calendar app.
The big picture:Shear has publicly said several times
he’s concerned by AI, once saying he believes
there’s between a 5% and 50% chance
that AI becomes an existential risk for humanity.
He also said he thinks “most” CEO and executive roles
in companies “are very automatable.”
In his new role, Shear could face pressure from regulators seeking
to rein in AI programs and the companies developing them.