OpenAI Co-Founder Ilya Sutskever Is Leaving The Company 6 Months After Trying To Remove Sam Altman

Sutskever's decision comes several months after he lost his board seat following a tumultuous period involving an attempt to remove CEO Sam Altman.
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Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and chief scientist of OpenAI, announced his departure from the company via Twitter on Tuesday, marking the end of his nearly decade-long tenure. Sutskever's decision comes several months after he lost his board seat following a tumultuous period involving an attempt to remove CEO Sam Altman.
In his tweet, Sutskever expressed confidence in OpenAI's current leadership to continue advancing towards the development of safe and beneficial artificial general intelligence (AGI). He also hinted at an upcoming project that holds personal significance for him, promising to share details at a later time.
Sutskever's exit coincides with the unveiling of OpenAI's latest AI model, GPT-4o, which was announced the day prior to his departure announcement.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, responded to Sutskever's departure with sadness, praising him as one of the foremost intellects in the field and a close friend. Altman acknowledged Sutskever's significant contributions to OpenAI and expressed gratitude for their shared journey. Altman announced that Jakub Pachocki, currently serving as research director, would succeed Sutskever as the company's chief scientist.
The recent developments at OpenAI come against the backdrop of internal strife and leadership challenges. In November, Altman was briefly ousted from his position by the board amid concerns about his leadership. However, he returned shortly after, following a staff revolt and the prospect of joining Microsoft. As part of his return agreement, Microsoft was granted a non-voting seat on the board, resulting in a reshuffle that saw Sutskever lose his board seat along with two other independent directors.
Altman emphasized his lack of animosity towards Sutskever and expressed a desire to maintain a working relationship with him despite his departure from the board. Altman, along with three new directors, rejoined OpenAI's board in March, signaling a renewed focus on stability and progress within the organization.
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