Andrej Karpathy Departs OpenAI Again, Cites Personal Endeavors Ahead

By Consultants Review Team Thursday, 15 February 2024

Renowned AI scientist Andrej Karpathy has announced his departure from OpenAI for the second time, sparking speculation in the tech community. Karpathy, a notable figure in artificial intelligence research, clarified that his decision to leave was not prompted by any specific incident or disagreement.

As one of the founding members of OpenAI, Karpathy initially departed the organization in 2017 to join Tesla, where he led the autopilot team. However, in 2022, he returned to OpenAI. During his tenure with the company, Karpathy gained a significant following on social media platforms and YouTube, where he shared insights into AI and its mechanisms.

Addressing his departure, Karpathy emphasized his positive experiences at OpenAI, highlighting the strength of the team and the excitement surrounding future projects. He expressed his intention to focus on personal endeavors in the immediate future.

"Hi everyone yes, I left OpenAI yesterday. First of all nothing 'happened' and it’s not a result of any particular event, issue or drama (but please keep the conspiracy theories coming as they are highly entertaining :))," Karpathy said.

"Actually, being at OpenAI over the last ~year has been really great — the team is really strong, the people are wonderful, and the roadmap is very exciting, and I think we all have a lot to look forward to. My immediate plan is to work on my personal projects and see what happens. Those of you who’ve followed me for a while may have a sense of what that might look like."

Previously, Karpathy had hinted at his involvement in projects related to AI assistants, describing his work as "building kind of a J.A.R.V.I.S at @OpenAI." This reference, drawn from popular culture, underscored his vision for creating helpful and conversational AI systems.

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