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A former OpenAI leader says safety has ‘taken a backseat to shiny products’ at the AI company

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A former OpenAI leader says safety has ‘taken a backseat to shiny products’ at the AI company

According to a former executive at OpenAI who left the business earlier this week, security at the well-known artificial intelligence startup has “taken a backseat to shiny products”.

Jan Leike said in a series of posts on the social networking platform X that he joined the San Francisco-based startup because he believed it would be the greatest site to do AI research. Leike led OpenAI’s “Superalignment” team with a co-founder who also quit this week.

On Thursday, Leike announced his resignation. “However, I have been disagreeing with OpenAI leadership about the company’s core priorities for quite some time, until we finally reached a breaking point,” he wrote.

Leike, an AI researcher by background, stated that he thinks more work has to go into becoming ready for the next generation of AI models, including safety and social effect analysis. The corporation “is shouldering an enormous responsibility on behalf of all of humanity,” he added, adding that creating “smarter-than-human machines is an inherently dangerous endeavour.”

Leike commented, “OpenAI must become a safety-first AGI company.” Artificial general intelligence, or AGI, is a future concept that describes robots that are either as generally intelligent as humans or at least capable of doing numerous tasks just as well.

In response to Leike’s postings, Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI, stated that he was “extremely grateful” for Leike’s contributions to the business and that he was “very sad to see him go.”

Asserting that Leike is “right, we have a lot more to do; we are committed to doing it,” Altman promised to penned a more extensive piece on the topic in the days ahead.

Additionally, the business said on Friday that it has dissolved Leike’s Superalignment team, which was established to concentrate on AI threats, and that its personnel are now being integrated throughout all of its research endeavours.

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Ilya Sutskever, the chief scientist and co-founder of OpenAI, announced his departure from the business on Tuesday, over ten years after Leike’s retirement. Sutskever was one of four board members who voted to remove Altman from office last autumn, but they swiftly had him back. Sutskever informed Altman that he was being let go in November of last year, although he subsequently expressed sadness over the news.

Without providing further information, Sutskever stated that he is working on a new project that is important to him. Jakub Pachocki will take over as chief scientist in his place. Altman described Pachocki as “also easily one of the greatest minds of our generation” and expressed his confidence in Pachocki’s ability to guide the team towards their goal of guaranteeing that everyone gains from AGI.”

OpenAI debuted its most recent version of its artificial intelligence model on Monday. It can now replicate human speech patterns and even attempt to gauge an individual’s emotional state.In response to Leike’s postings, Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI, stated that he was “extremely grateful” for Leike’s contributions to the business and that he was “very sad to see him go.”

OpenAI debuted its most recent version of its artificial intelligence model on Monday. It can now replicate human speech patterns and even attempt to gauge an individual’s emotional state.

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