Ex-OpenAI executive Jan Leike joins Amazon-backed Anthropic

OpenAI’s former “superalignment” team leader Jan Leike resigned earlier this month, citing safety concerns at the Microsoft-backed company

Updated - May 29, 2024 12:53 pm IST

Published - May 29, 2024 10:54 am IST

Ex-OpenAI executive Jan Leike, pictured above

Ex-OpenAI executive Jan Leike, pictured above | Photo Credit: @janleike on X

OpenAI’s former head of “superalighment,” Jan Leike, who resigned over OpenAI’s approach to safety, announced that he is joining Amazon-backed AI startup Anthropic.

“I’m excited to join @AnthropicAI to continue the superalignment mission! My new team will work on scalable oversight, weak-to-strong generalization, and automated alignment research. If you’re interested in joining, my dms are open,” he posted on X on Tuesday.

Anthropic is the company behind the Claude family of models, out of which Claude 3 Opus is the most powerful.

Leike announced on May 15 that he was resigning from OpenAI, and claimed that the safety culture at the company was no longer a priority while “shiny new products” were being released.

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and company president Greg Brockman later defended their approach to safety when shipping GPT-4.

The ChatGPT-maker has seen a chain of resignations, including co-founder Ilya Sutskever and policy researcher Gretchen Krueger.

OpenAI also formed a ‘Safety and Security Committee’ whose leaders include Altman, as the company works on its new AI model.

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