Elon Musk sues OpenAI chief – E24

Elon Musk sues OpenAI chief – E24

Tesla CEO believes ChatGPT has put profit above humanity

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The Wall Street Journal Tesla founder and owner Elon Musk has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and the company's CEO, Sam Altman, he writes.

Musk believes the company has now harmed the company's original mission by prioritizing profit, rather than creating artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity.

OpenAI is primarily known for being behind the chatbot ChatGPT. It was launched on the eve of 2022, and has since taken the world by storm.

Musk has criticized OpenAI and ChatGPT on several occasions since their launch. Among other things, he called for a halt to development, called ChatGPT too politically correct, and warned that AI may become too powerful for humans to control.

OpenAI works closely with Microsoft – the world's most valuable company. Elon Musk is considered the second richest man in the world.

In other words, the stage is set for a duel between two heavyweights.

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Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015. He then left the company in 2018, citing a potential conflict of interest with his job at Tesla.

According to the lawsuit, Sam Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman should have approached Musk to create an “open source, non-profit company,” the news agency wrote. Reuters.

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When OpenAI now focuses on making money, they are violating that contract, Musk's lawyers believe, the news agency writes, referring to the lawsuit.

Lawyers also point out that the code for OpenAI's more advanced bots remains confidential.

– OpenAI has been turned into a closed-source subsidiary of the world's largest technology company: Microsoft, the lawsuit says, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Under the new board, the company is not only developing artificial intelligence, but improving it to maximize profit for Microsoft, not for the benefit of humanity, Musk's lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.

Musk demands that OpenAI make all of its research and technology public, and that Altman and the company must give up all the money they've made from what Musk believes are illegal practices.

Neither Microsoft, OpenAI, nor Musk himself responded to inquiries from The Wall Street Journal or Reuters about this matter.

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Last November, OpenAI's board of directors fired CEO Altman.

– Altman's resignation comes after a comprehensive evaluation in which the board concluded that he was not always honest in his communications with the board, which hindered the board's work, OpenAI wrote in a press release.

Altman managed to get a new job at Microsoft before suddenly getting his job back as director of OpenAI, at the same time that large parts of the board had to leave.

“I love OpenAI and everything it has done these past few days to keep the team and its mission together,” he wrote on X after he got his job back.

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In January this year, it became known that the US authorities would investigate the investments of major technology giants in startups in the field of artificial intelligence.

Among other things, Microsoft's $1 billion investment in OpenAI will come under scrutiny.

– Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lena M. said: Khan, our study will shed light on whether investments and partnerships pursued by dominant firms threaten to distort innovation and undermine fair competition.

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