OpenAI Co-Founder Unveils “Safe Superintelligence”

 Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s co-founder and former chief scientist, is co-founding a new AI company called Safe Superintelligence, Inc. (SSI, Inc.). He announced it yesterday in a . I don’t want to paraphrase it, so here is what he wrote in full:

Superintelligence is within reach.

Building safe superintelligence (SSI) is the most important technical problem of our time.

We’ve started the world’s first straight-shot SSI lab, with one goal and one product: a safe superintelligence.

It’s called Safe Superintelligence Inc.

SSI is our mission, our name, and our entire product roadmap, because it is our sole focus. Our team, investors, and business model are all aligned to achieve SSI.

We approach safety and capabilities in tandem, as technical problems to be solved through revolutionary engineering and scientific breakthroughs. We plan to advance capabilities as fast as possible while making sure our safety always remains ahead.

This way, we can scale in peace.

Our singular focus means no distraction by management overhead or product cycles, and our business model means safety, security, and progress are all insulated from short-term commercial pressures.

We are an American company with offices in Palo Alto and Tel Aviv, where we have deep roots and the ability to recruit top technical talent.

We are assembling a lean, cracked team of the world’s best engineers and researchers dedicated to focusing on SSI and nothing else.

If that’s you, we offer an opportunity to do your life’s work and help solve the most important technical challenge of our age.

Now is the time. Join us.

Ilya Sutskever, Daniel Gross, Daniel Levy

June 19, 2024

I’m pretty sure Ilya meant to say “crack” team, not “cracked,” but – assuming he meant a highly functional, smooth-running team as opposed to a team of engineers who are cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs – the mission, vision, and values are clearly articulated, focused, and passion-driven.I’m excited to see what SSI can do. I’m also curious about how their self-imposed constraints will position them against the more aggressive model builders. Altruism, especially in this case, is laudable. But, will SSI create a better (or even competitive) product? We’ll see.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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