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OpenAI researcher who resigned over safety concerns joins Anthropic

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Jan Leike, a key OpenAI researcher who resigned earlier this month citing “safety concerns,” has joined competitor Anthropic to “work on scalable oversight, weak-to-strong generalization, and automated alignment research,” according to Leike’s post on X.

Anthropic has positioned itself to be the antithesis of OpenAI: a public benefit corporation dedicated to cautious progress. It was founded by ex-OpenAI employees who departed, according to the Financial Times, because they believed OpenAI was straying from its mission of developing safer, more ethical AI and becoming too focused on commercial interests after the $1 billion Microsoft deal. For those following the AI drama, Leike joining Anthropic comes as no surprise.

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