OpenAI co-creator Ilya Sutskever reveals the development of Safe Artificial General Intelligence

The prominent computer scientist and co-originator of OpenAI, Ilya Sutskever, has recently disclosed the inception of Safe Artificial General Intelligence.

Speaking at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv on June 5, 2023, Ilya Sutskever, a Russian Israeli-Canadian expert in computer science and the chief scientist and co-founder of OpenAI, discussed significant advancements in the field.

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Having departed from OpenAI recently, Ilya Sutskever introduced his latest endeavor in the realm of artificial intelligence with the establishment of a new AI enterprise named Safe Superintelligence, abbreviated as SSI.

On Wednesday, Sutskever announced, “I am embarking on a new enterprise. Our primary pursuit will revolve around ensuring secure superintelligence with unwavering dedication towards a singular vision, goal, and product.”

Formerly serving as OpenAI’s chief scientist, Sutskever co-headed the Superalignment division alongside Jan Leike, who also bid farewell to join rival AI establishment, Anthropic.

The Superalignment unit within OpenAI was primarily dedicated to steering and regulating AI systems; however, following the departures of Sutskever and Leike, the team was disbanded.

At his new startup, Sutskever remains committed to prioritizing safety concerns.

An official statement from SSI’s account on X iterated, “SSI embodies our mission, our identity, and our complete product strategy, devoting all attention to this singular cause. Our exclusive focus eliminates potential distractions posed by managerial overhead or product cycles. The business model ensures that safety, security, and progression remain shielded from immediate commercial exigencies.”

Joining forces with Daniel Gross, who previously oversaw Apple’s AI and search initiatives, and Daniel Levy, formerly associated with OpenAI, Sutskever is set to launch the company with offices situated in Palo Alto, California, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Notably, Sutskever was among the OpenAI board members involved in the move to oust co-founder and CEO Sam Altman in November. The disagreement stemmed from differing perspectives on the constraints OpenAI should adhere to in the quest for advanced AI.

Subsequent to Altman’s abrupt removal and subsequent reinstatement, Sutskever publicly expressed remorse for his involvement in the affair.

In a post on X dated Nov. 20, Sutskever stated, “I deeply regret the role I played in the board’s actions. My intentions were never to undermine OpenAI. I hold deep affection for all that we have collectively built, and I will exert every effort to mend the company’s unity.”

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