Elon Musk is taking OpenAI to the mat

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The Future. Elon Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman, alleging that the company has chosen profits over safety. While the lawsuit’s chances for success may be dim due to OpenAI’s complicated corporate structure, the discovery process may at least illuminate why Sam Altman was briefly fired as CEO last year.

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Elon Musk is going to war with the company he helped found.

  • Musk claims that “OpenAI has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company, Microsoft, straying from its founding mission of creating AI for the ‘benefit of humanity.’”
  • The lawsuit seeks to require OpenAI to open-source its research and tech and pay back all the money that Musk invested over the years ($44 million plus other monthly expenses).
  • Additionally, the suit says that OpenAI has already achieved an early version of artificial general intelligence (the holy grail of the industry), which adds to his alleged safety concerns.

Many believe that Musk’s move is simply “sour grapes” (he tried to take over OpenAI in 2018 but was pushed out), or him trying to take down a competitor (he launched xAI last year).

No matter the true motive, it adds to OpenAI’s constantly increasing issues this year.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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