Musk accuses OpenAI and Altman of violating non-profit pledge

Musk accuses OpenAI and Altman of violating non-profit pledge

Elon Musk, the co-founder of OpenAI, has filed a lawsuit against the artificial intelligence company and its CEO Sam Altman, claiming that they have breached the founding agreement that stipulated OpenAI to be a non-profit entity dedicated to creating AI for the benefit of humanity.

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The lawsuit, filed on Thursday at San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that OpenAI and its top executives have abandoned the original mission and vision of the company, and have instead pursued profits and commercial interests, especially with Microsoft, the largest technology company in the world and a major investor in OpenAI.

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Musk, who left OpenAI in 2018, said that he agreed to fund the creation of OpenAI in 2015, along with Altman and Greg Brockman, the president, on the condition that the company would remain a non-profit organization that would make its code and research open to the public, rather than proprietary or exclusive to any private company.

However, the lawsuit claims that OpenAI and its board have violated this agreement by transforming OpenAI into a “closed-source de facto subsidiary of Microsoft”, and by developing and refining an artificial general intelligence (AGI) system, known as ChatGPT, to maximize profits for Microsoft, rather than for the benefit of humanity.

AGI refers to a general purpose AI system that can perform just as well as or even better than humans in a wide variety of tasks. ChatGPT is a chatbot that can generate natural language responses based on user input, and has been touted as one of the most advanced AI systems in the world.

The lawsuit comes after the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that US regulators had begun to investigate OpenAI over whether investors had been misled, following a boardroom drama at OpenAI in November 2023, which saw Altman temporarily removed from the board, before being reinstated as the CEO several days later.

The board at the time accused Altman of not being “consistently candid in his communications”, and said that they had “lost confidence” in his leadership. Microsoft was reportedly involved in the dispute, and offered to take on any staff who quit OpenAI.

Musk, who has been vocal about his concerns over the potential dangers of AI, said in a post on X – formerly Twitter – that he was “very worried” by the situation. His lawyers now say in the lawsuit that these “stunning developments” highlight Microsoft’s increased influence and control over OpenAI.

“OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft,” the lawsuit says. “Under its new Board, it is not just developing but is actually refining an AGI to maximize profits for Microsoft, rather than for the benefit of humanity.”

OpenAI declined to comment on the lawsuit on Friday. Microsoft has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Source : US NEWS

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