Andrej Karpathy leaves OpenAI again – but he says there was no drama


Andrej Karpathy, a highly respected research scientist, announced today that he has left OpenAI. This is the second time Karpathy has left the largest AI company and his departure is not due to any events, issues or drama, he said.

OpenAI founding member Karpathy initially left the company will join Tesla in 2017. He left Tesla, where he led the Autopilot team, in 2022 and joined OpenAI almost one year ago. Karpathy has also built a huge following on social media and YouTube, publishing thought-provoking writing about the nascent space and videos which explain the inner workings of AI.

“Hi everyone yes, I left OpenAI yesterday. First of all, nothing “happened” and it is not the result of any particular event, issue or drama (but please keep spreading the theories of plot because they are very entertaining :)),” said Karpathy.

“Actually, being at OpenAI over the last year has been really great – the team is really strong, the people are great 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 have been following me for a while may have an idea of ​​what this might look like.

Kartphaty’s departure, first reported by Informationfollows a tumultuous year at OpenAI where Sam Altman was briefly ousted as CEO before being reinstated during a very dramatic week. The company told TechCrunch that responsibility for Karpathy had been transferred to another researcher, whom it did not name.

“Andrej is leaving to pursue personal projects. We are deeply grateful for his contributions and wish him the best. His responsibilities were transferred to a principal investigator who worked closely with Andrej,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Karpathy’s bio

Earlier this year he explain the reason behind writing this. He said he wanted to write a term to capture useful, conversational AI.

“I name JARVIS in general terms only, as one of my favorite popular representations of an AI – useful, conversational, empowering e/ai automation. Help against evil and entropy,” he said.


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