Tesla chief, Elon Musk, has responded to the news that top artificial intelligence executive, Andrej Karpathy, leaving the company. Karpathy, who joined the company in 2017, had just had a month off and has now taken to Twitter to reveal his exit.
“It’s been a great pleasure to help Tesla towards its goals over the last five years and a difficult decision to part ways. In that time, Autopilot graduated from lane keeping to city streets and I look forward to seeing the exceptionally strong Autopilot team continue that momentum.”
“I have no concrete plans for what’s next but look to spend more time revisiting my long-term passions around technical work in AI, open source and education.”
When Karpathy took time off, he Tweeted about looking forward to coming back to work at Tesla, but has obviously since changed his mind. There does not seem to be any bad blood between Karpathy and Elon Musk though, as Musk responded to his tweet thanking him.
This departure comes during a tricky time for Tesla with issues being reported on the full self drive system and production issues. Musk described the group who shared responsibility for Autopilot as a “knights of the round table” structure, including Karpathy, Ashok Elluswamy and Milan Kovac. So, Karpathy is sure to be missed.