OpenAI's co-founder is launching a new AI startup


The new startup will focus on creating safer artificial intelligence.

OpenAI's co-founder and former chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever, has announced that he is starting a new company called Safe Superintelligence.

"We will pursue safe superintelligence in a straight shot, with one focus, one goal, and one product," he said in a post on X. "We will do it through revolutionary breakthroughs produced by a small cracked team."

Other co-founders of the startup are Apple's former AI lead, Daniel Gross, and former OpenAI employee Daniel Levy. The company will have offices in Palo Alto and Tel Aviv, with headquarters being held in the US.

Safe Superintelligence states that the company started the world's first straight-shot superintelligence lab and is looking for talent.

"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," the post reads.

The co-founder shared more details about the new company in an interview with Bloomberg, saying that the new venture will try to achieve safety with engineering breakthroughs baked into the AI system, as opposed to relying on guardrails applied to the technology on the fly.

However, he didn't disclose how much capital the company had raised and who the backers were.

Sutskever, who was appointed last year to lead Open AI's Superalingment team and responsible for steering and controlling AI, left OpenAI last month.

He was one of several board members of OpenAI who voted out CEO Sam Altman.

Sutskever was also the first to express regrets and backed Altman's return, who was later re-appointed as the CEO of Open AI.