Stability AI keeps losing its masterminds

The founder of Stability AI has denounced the concentration of power in AI following his resignation.

Emad Mostaque, Founder and CEO of artificial intelligence company Stability AI, has resigned from his role to pursue decentralized AI, according to the company’s release on March 23rd.

“I am proud, two years after bringing on our first developer, to have led Stability to hundreds of millions of downloads and the best models across modalities. I believe strongly in Stability AI’s mission and feel the company is in capable hands. It is now time to ensure that AI remains open and decentralized,” says Emad Mostaque in the company’s statement.

After his resignation, Mostaque posted on X that “the concentration of power in AI is bad for us all. I decided to step down to fix this at Stability and elsewhere.” He also claimed that while his shares have the majority of the votes, “they have full board control.”

The founder's resignation comes after prominent members of the technical team also left the company. Earlier this month, research scientist Robin Rombach, who was a key figure in developing the image generation model Stable Diffusion, resigned.

Over the course of the last year, the technical team at the company has undergone significant changes. This includes the replacement of its CTO and the departure of a VP of product, a VP of engineering, a VP of R&D, a head of research, and two large language model leads.

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