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OpenAI has a new safety team — it’s run by Sam Altman

A rendition of OpenAI’s logo, which looks like a stylized whirlpool.
Illustration: The Verge

OpenAI is forming a new safety team, and it’s led by CEO Sam Altman, along with board members Adam D’Angelo and Nicole Seligman. The committee will make recommendations on “critical safety and security decisions for OpenAI projects and operations” — a concern several key AI researchers shared when leaving the company this month.

For its first task, the new team will “evaluate and further develop OpenAI’s processes and safeguards.” It will then present its findings to OpenAI’s board, which all three of the safety team’s leaders have a seat on. The board will then decide how to implement the safety team’s recommendations.

Its formation follows the departure of OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, who supported the board’s…

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