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More OpenAI drama: Exec quits over concerns about focus on profit over safety

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A departing executive from a prominent AI company has raised concerns about the company’s priorities. The executive, Jan Leike, recently stepped down from leading the company’s ‘superalignment’ team. In a public statement, Leike expressed disagreement with the company’s leadership and stated that he had reached a breaking point. The ‘superalignment’ team focuses on training AI systems to conform to human needs and priorities. Leike shared that the team has been struggling due to inadequate resources and a lack of emphasis on safety. His departure follows the resignation of Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and chief scientist of the company, who cited personal reasons for leaving. The leadership changes may indicate ongoing tensions related to the development and release of AI technology.