OpenAI's Co-Founder and Chief Scientist quit.

PLUS: Google's new coding tool


Good morning, human brains, and welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • OpenAI’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist quit. ☄️ ✌️

    Ilya Sutskever announced he was leaving the company.

  • Google copies Visual Studio Code 👨‍💻🤓

    It announced a new AI-powered development environment, Project IDX.

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Ilya Sutskever leaves OpenAI ☄️ ✌️

On Tuesday, Ilya Sutskever announced he’s leaving OpenAI. He was the company’s co-founder and chief scientist.

What happened?

Ilya Sutskever, the co-founder and chief scientist of OpenAI, declared his departure. He expressed confidence in OpenAI's future and leadership. He fondly reflected on his time at the company and said it was an honor to have worked with the team.

Why is he leaving?

He claims it’s to work on a new project:

“I am excited for what comes next — a project that is very personally meaningful to me about which I will share details in due time.”

Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Is it really, though?

Back in November, Sam Altman, the CEO, was briefly fired and then rehired. Ilya Sutskever was instrumental in the board’s decision to let him go.

Despite this, the news was met with appreciation and warm wishes from colleagues and the AI community. Altman and Greg Brockman both made announcements.

Who’s replacing him?

Jakub Pachocki, the former Director of Research. OpenAI claims he was fundamental in GPT-4’s development. He has a PhD in theoretical computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Google’s AI-powered dev environment 👨‍💻

At its I/O event on Tuesday, Google revealed updates to Project IDX. It’s a browser-based AI developer environment for app development, coding, and more.

What’s new?

Project IDX added several new integrations like Google Maps for geolocation, Chrome Dev Tools for debugging, and Cloud Run support for app deployment. It also integrates with Google's AI compliance tool, Checks.

What about the AI?

Project IDX includes many AI features like code completion, a chat assistant sidebar, and more. You can also use Google's Gemini to modify code snippets, similarly to Photoshop’s Generative Fill tool.

Is it better than Visual Studio Code?

It’s built on Visual Studio Code’s open-source architecture, so it will feel familiar to you. It also seamlessly integrates with GitHub.

How do I use it?

In August, it launched as an invite-only IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Now, it’s in open beta, so you can use it for free.


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Think Pieces 🧠

US and China are holding AI safety conferences. The goal is to manage AI risks and enhancing security.

Big Tech is advancing AI neurotechnology to help people communicate. This raises significant privacy concerns about mind-reading capabilities.

Startup News 💰

TikTok is tests AI search results. This feature uses ChatGPT to provide relevant information at the top of search pages.

Anthropic Claude is now available in Europe. As of yesterday, Europe got access to Claude’s AI models, the iOS app, the Team plan, and more.

Research 👨‍🔬

Plot2Code — a benchmark to evaluate multi-modal language models in generating code from scientific plots.

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