Andrej Karpathy, a prominent artificial intelligence researcher and a founding member of OpenAI, announced his departure from the Microsoft-backed company.

This development marks a significant transition within OpenAI, a leading lab at the forefront of developing advanced artificial intelligence.

In a post on the social media platform X, Karpathy shared his decision and stated, “My immediate plan is to work on my personal projects and see what happens,” he wrote. This departure follows Karpathy’s second stint at OpenAI, where he played a pivotal role in contributing to the lab’s advancements in artificial intelligence.

Key Contributions to Tesla and OpenAI

Before his return to OpenAI last year, Karpathy served as a senior director for AI at Tesla. During his tenure at the electric car manufacturer (TSLA.O), he played a crucial role in the development of Tesla’s artificial intelligence and driver assistant technology. His expertise and contributions have been influential in shaping the landscape of AI applications in the automotive industry.

Karpathy, having studied under the guidance of prominent Stanford AI scientist Fei-Fei Li, initially joined OpenAI as one of its earliest staff members. His journey includes impactful roles at Tesla and substantial contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.

In recent discussions, Karpathy shared insights into the evolving landscape of AI, particularly exploring the concept of large language models acting as a new kind of computer operating system. His departure from OpenAI aligns with his vision for the future, as he embarks on a journey to work on personal projects that could potentially contribute to the ever-expanding realm of artificial intelligence.

“Being at OpenAI over the last year has been really great,” he added. “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.”

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