Published on May 15, 2024, 11:23 am

“A Farewell To Openai’S Chief Scientist And Co-Founder, Ilya Sutskever”

Ilya Sutskever, a key figure at OpenAI as its chief scientist and one of the original cofounders, is bidding farewell to the company following a tumultuous period that saw him clash with CEO Sam Altman last November. Altman praised Sutskever as “easily one of the greatest minds of our generation” in a blog post announcing the departure, revealing that Jakub Pachocki, the company’s research director, will step into the role of chief scientist.

The decision for Sutskever to depart comes after he led an unsuccessful attempt alongside other board members to remove Altman from his position due to undisclosed concerns about safety and direction. Despite remaining at OpenAI for some time following this incident, Sutskever has not returned to work since then.

Known for his candid views within the AI community, Sutskever previously stirred controversy by suggesting that today’s large neural networks might possess some level of consciousness. His unconventional behavior extended into the workplace where reports surfaced about burning effigies and urging colleagues to “feel the AGI,” as revealed in an Atlantic exposé on OpenAI’s inner workings.

In response to Sutskever’s departure and amid the recent release of ChatGPT’s new functionalities by OpenAI, Altman expressed gratitude for their shared journey and expressed admiration for Sutskever’s brilliance and dedication toward shaping a better future for humanity. While details on Sutskever’s next pursuit remain scarce, Altman affirmed his commitment to continuing the mission they embarked upon together.

This development adds to earlier exits from OpenAI, including a safety worker who departed due to doubts regarding the company’s responsible handling of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) in light of recent advancements.

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