Dario Amodei leaves OpenAI

post by Daniel Kokotajlo (daniel-kokotajlo) · 2020-12-29T19:31:04.161Z · LW · GW · 12 comments

This is a linkpost for https://openai.com/blog/organizational-update/

“We are incredibly thankful to Dario for his contributions over the past four and a half years. We wish him and his co-founders all the best in their new project, and we look forward to a collaborative relationship with them for years to come,” said OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman.

Anyone know what the new project is?


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comment by adamShimi · 2021-01-01T16:00:37.339Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This, and the fact that Chris Olah and Jack Clark are also leaving, makes me update towards OpenAI having more of a negative impact on AI risk. My biggest uncertainty for this update depend on what happens with Christiano and his team.

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comment by ofer · 2021-01-30T19:25:57.605Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Yesterday Paul Christiano announced that he left OpenAI.

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comment by adamShimi · 2021-01-30T19:59:35.417Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for the info! I'm definitely left wondering what AI Alignment research is left at OpenAI, and whether it will have any impact on their AGI research.

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comment by ESRogs · 2021-01-31T00:00:55.529Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'm definitely left wondering what AI Alignment research is left at OpenAI

You may be interested to know that Jan Leike recently joined OpenAI and will lead their alignment team.

comment by catherio · 2020-12-31T03:23:04.388Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

It's not just Dario, it's a larger subset of OpenAI splitting off: "He and a handful of OpenAI colleagues are planning a new project, which they tell us will probably focus less on product development and more on research. We support their move and we’re grateful for the time we’ve spent working together."

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comment by Neel Nanda (neel-nanda-1) · 2021-01-01T13:27:38.020Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Jack Clark and Chris Olah announced on Twitter that they're also leaving

comment by Ben Pace (Benito) · 2020-12-31T05:03:34.151Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Interested to know if Paul's team and Chris Olah's team and Jan Leike's team/project are moving with.

comment by Nisan · 2021-02-05T17:06:58.753Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Gwern reports that Tom Brown, Sam McCandlish, Tom Henighan, and Ben Mann have also left.

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comment by Nisan · 2021-02-05T17:43:13.850Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Also Jacob Jackson left, saying his new project is same.energy.

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comment by Nisan · 2021-05-03T08:33:27.117Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Also Daniela Amodei, Nicholas Joseph, and Amanda Askell apparently left in December, January, and February, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

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comment by Nisan · 2021-05-28T20:02:25.556Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Ah, 90% of the people discussed on this post are now working for Anthropic, along with a few other ex-OpenAI safety people.