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Elon’s regrets led to OpenAI lawsuit against Musk, says report

The Legal Battle Between Elon Musk and OpenAI

The Background

Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator, co-founded OpenAI in 2015 with a vision to develop artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity. However, Musk stepped down from the board of OpenAI in 2018, expressing concerns about the potential dangers of AI, likening it to being “more dangerous than nukes.”

The Lawsuit

In a surprising turn of events, Musk is now suing Microsoft-backed OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, among others, alleging that they have strayed from the company’s original mission. The lawsuit claims that OpenAI has abandoned its focus on developing AI for the benefit of humanity and has instead shifted towards a profit-driven approach.

Since the release of the ChatGPT chatbot to the public in late 2022, OpenAI has seen a meteoric rise in popularity, with a reported valuation of over $80 billion. However, Musk’s lawsuit argues that the company’s questionable “capped-profit” structure has led to a discord within the organization.

Musk’s Contributions

Musk’s legal team highlights his significant financial contributions to OpenAI, totaling over $44 million from 2016 to September 2020. Musk’s investments played a crucial role in establishing OpenAI as a leading player in the AI industry, attracting top talent and funding key initiatives.

Additionally, Musk leased OpenAI’s initial office space and was actively involved in the company’s major milestones. However, differences in vision and control became apparent as the company evolved.

The Dispute

The lawsuit sheds light on the ongoing conflict between Musk and OpenAI, with tensions brewing prior to Musk’s departure from the board. Tesla’s hiring of OpenAI co-founder Andrej Karpathy and Musk’s public criticism of OpenAI’s direction further fueled the discord between the two parties.

Musk has been vocal in his opposition to OpenAI’s transformation from an “open source foundation” to a profit-driven entity, questioning the legality of such a transition. Despite the legal battle, OpenAI maintains its commitment to advancing AI for the benefit of humanity.

The Future

As the lawsuit unfolds, the future of OpenAI and its collaboration with Microsoft remains uncertain. Musk’s fight for recognition of his role in the company’s inception underscores the complexities of navigating the intersection between technology, ethics, and profit.

— CNBC’s Lora Kolodny and Hayden Field contributed to this report

WATCH: Elon Musk lawsuit against OpenAI and Altman began a year ago

Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama, a lifelong enthusiast of Artificial Intelligence, has been exploring technology and the digital realm since childhood. Known for his creative thinking, he's dedicated to improving AI experiences for all, making him a respected figure in the field. His passion, curiosity, and creativity drive advancements in the AI world.
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