HomeNewsIlya Sutskever, co-founder of OpenAI and long-time chief scientist, is leaving

Ilya Sutskever, co-founder of OpenAI and long-time chief scientist, is leaving

Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI's longtime chief scientist and certainly one of its co-founders, has left the corporate.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman announced the news in a post on X on Tuesday evening.

“This could be very sad for me; Ilya is actually certainly one of the best minds of our generation, a task model in our field and an expensive friend,” said Altman. “Without him, OpenAI wouldn’t be what it’s. Although he has something personally significant to work on, I’m without end grateful for what he has done here and for his commitment to completing the mission we began together.”

Sutskever might be replaced by Jakub Pachocki, OpenAI's research director. Pachocki joined OpenAI's Dota team in 2017 as head of research – the team that developed an AI system able to defeating human players in Valve's strategy game Dota 2. Pachocki then became research director on the OpenAI organizations for reasoning and the science of deep learning before being promoted to research director.

It was not immediately clear whether Pachocki would also take over the leadership of OpenAI's superalignment team, which was previously led by Sutskever and Jan Leike. Leike also resigned from OpenAIin line with The New York Times.

OpenAI founded the Superalignment team in July to develop ways to regulate, regulate and control “superintelligent” AI systems – that’s, theoretical systems with intelligence far exceeding that of humans. The Times reports that John Schulman, one other co-founder of OpenAI, will tackle the role of overseer.

TechCrunch understands that the Superalignment team might be integrated “deeper” into OpenAI’s research to “higher achieve its goals.” This could mean that the team because it exists today could take a unique form in the longer term.

Greg Brockman, president of OpenAI, wrote on X that Sutskever “played a key role in laying the foundations of what OpenAI has change into today.”

Following the revealing of OpenAI's latest flagship generative AI model, GPT-4o, and major upgrades to the corporate's viral AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, Sutskever's departure in some ways caps a saga that began last November.

About per week before Thanksgiving, Sutskever and OpenAI CTO Mira Murati reached out to members of OpenAI's former board to precise their concerns about Altman's behavior. It reportedly involved disagreements over the direction of OpenAI; Sutskever was said to be frustrated with Altman's rush to bring AI-powered products to market on the expense of labor on security.

The old board, which included Sutskever, decided to abruptly fire Altman without notifying anyone – including most of OpenAI's workforce. In a press release, the board said Altman had not been “consistently candid” in his communications with board members.

The decision angered Microsoft and OpenAI's other investors, jeopardized the corporate's stock sales, and led to the vast majority of OpenAI employees – including Sutskever, in a notable turnaround – promising to quit unless Altman was quickly reinstated.

Altman was eventually reinstated and far of the old board resigned. According to The Times, Sutskever never returned to work after that; Pachocki has been de facto chief scientist since November.

Sutskever — who earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto, where he worked under AI luminary Geoffrey Hinton — joined OpenAI in 2015 after leaving Google Brain, certainly one of Google's AI research divisions. Sutskever is amazingly successful in the sector of AI, having contributed to certainly one of the primary modern computer vision systems, ImageNet, and DeepMind's AI gaming system AlphaGo.

So what’s going to he do now? Sutskever isn’t able to say it. But in a press release to

“I’m enthusiastic about what comes next – a project that could be very meaningful to me personally and which I’ll share details of in the end,” Sutskever added. “It was an honor and a privilege to have worked together (at OpenAI) and I’ll miss everyone dearly.”


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