Friday, March 1, 2024

"Elon Musk sues OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman, claiming betrayal of its goal to benefit humanity"

If I were Mr. Musk I'd be pissed.* And it is starting to appear that Mr. Altman is a slippery little weasel.

If interested in just how tight OpenAI and MSFT are see "Microsoft gets exclusive access to AI deemed 'too dangerous to release'" (MSFT)".

From the Associated Press, March 1:

Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman over what he says is a betrayal of the ChatGPT maker’s founding aims of benefiting humanity rather than pursuing profits.

In a lawsuit filed at San Francisco Superior Court, billionaire Musk said that when he bankrolled OpenAI’s creation, he secured an agreement with Altman and Greg Brockman, the president, to keep the AI company as a non-profit that would develop technology for the benefit of the public.

Under its founding agreement, OpenAI would also make its code open to the public instead of walling it off for any private company’s gains, the lawsuit says.

However, by embracing a close relationship with Microsoft, OpenAI and its top executives have set that pact “aflame” and are “perverting” the company’s mission, Musk alleges in the lawsuit.

“OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft,” the lawsuit filed Thursday says....

As we said back in 2019:
Elon Musk's OpenAI to Offer Securities
Well this is odd....

Related 2015, the year the company was founded:
HBR: Is Musk-Thiel's OpenAI Solving the Wrong Problem?