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How Will OpenAI Change After Ilya Sutskever's Exit?


OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever revealed on Tuesday that he's leaving the tech firm, backed by Microsoft. He shared his anticipation for future projects, promising more details soon, in a post on the social media site X.

Sutskever's exit comes after leadership issues at OpenAI, especially with Sam Altman, another co-founder and CEO. Concerns arose last November about Altman's lack of full honesty with OpenAI's board. Reports suggested that while Sutskever prioritized AI safety, Altman and others pushed for rapid tech development.

Following a major crisis where nearly all OpenAI staff threatened to quit over board decisions, Altman was restored to his role. Those board members who challenged him, including Sutskever, resigned. Altman then expressed his desire to continue collaborating with Sutskever.

Reacting to Sutskever's departure, Altman expressed his regret, praising Sutskever's intelligence and kindness. Jakub Pachocki, with OpenAI since 2017, will step in as the new chief scientist.

OpenAI also recently welcomed new board members, including ex-Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor and ex-Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. Microsoft obtained a nonvoting spot on the board.

In March, OpenAI introduced its new board and wrapped up an internal probe into Altman's brief removal, conducted by U.S. law firm WilmerHale.

A day before Sutskever's announcement, OpenAI launched a new AI model and a desktop version of its ChatGPT chatbot, featuring an updated interface. The GPT-4 model, now faster and more capable across text, video, and audio, is available to all users, including free ones. OpenAI plans to add video chat capabilities to ChatGPT.

Sutskever joined OpenAI in 2015 after being persuaded by Elon Musk, another co-founder. Jan Leike, who jointly led the Superalignment team with Sutskever, also announced his exit from OpenAI. This team, devoted to managing more intelligent AI systems, was allocated 20% of OpenAI's computing resources for four years.

Key Points

  1. Ilya Sutskever, co-founder of OpenAI, announced he's leaving the company.

  2. Sutskever plans to pursue a new, personally meaningful project soon.


Q1. Which country owns OpenAI?

OpenAI is a private organization based in the United States, not owned by any country. It operates as an independent company, primarily known for its advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. While it collaborates globally, its operations and decision-making are centered in the U.S., guided by its board of directors and management team.

Q2. Why did Elon leave OpenAI?

Elon Musk left OpenAI's board in 2018 due to potential conflicts of interest, especially as Tesla, another company he leads, increasingly focused on developing its own AI technology for autonomous vehicles. Additionally, Musk's vision for the ethical development and regulation of AI differed from some of the directions OpenAI was pursuing, leading to his departure to ensure no conflicting paths between his roles and interests.

Q3. Who will replace Ilya Sutskever at OpenAI?

The announcement didn't mention who will take over his role at OpenAI.


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