Top AI Researchers Keep Leaving Facebook

Jumping Ship Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta-formerly-Facebook is bleeding its top AI leaders. As Fortune reports, the company has lost at least three significant AI leaders in March alone: Devi Parikh, Meta’s now-former senior director of generative AI; Abhishek Das, the now-former head of Meta’s Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) team; and Erik Meijer, Meta’s now-former director of engineering. Each executive bid adieus to their metamates late last month, taking to X-formerly-Twitter to announce their surprising exits. And from the outside, it seems like there are no hard feelings; Parikh noted that she would “miss Meta,” while Das wrote in his goodbye that Meta’s FAIR team remains “really strong.” “I’m rooting for them!” Das added. But none of these three departed metamates were nearly as forthcoming as Meijer, who stated in a very┬áblunt X post that while he’s “more bullish than ever about Meta with the company’s increased focus on AI,” he believes that continuing to work for such a big company might be limiting to someone who doesn’t necessarily want to build their own large language model (LLM). “Given the incredible competitive pressure in the field,” wrote Meijer, “there is really no advantage to be inside a large corp if you want to build cool stuff on top of LLMs.” Considering that Meta CEO Zuck has reportedly been personally penning recruiting emails to AI staffers at its competitor Google, losing three top AI dogs in this short of a period isn’t the best look. One too many pivots, perhaps? Folks, I left…Top AI Researchers Keep Leaving Facebook

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