Elon Musk suing OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching not for profit mission


Elon Musk is suing ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and its chief executive Sam Altman, among others, saying they had abandoned the company's original founding mission to develop open-source artificial general intelligence technology for the benefit of humanity over profits.

The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in San Francisco, says that Altman and OpenAI's co-founder Greg Brockman originally approached Musk to make an open-source, non-profit company and that the company’s shift to making money breached that contract. Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but stepped down from its board in 2018.

"OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft. 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," the lawsuit viewed by FOX Business states.

Musk also claims breach of fiduciary duty and unfair business practices against OpenAI and asks for the company to revert to open source.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO requested an injunction to prevent Altman, OpenAI and its president, Gregory Brockman, as well as Microsoft, from profiting off of the company's artificial general intelligence technology.

The suit added that the company had kept the design of GPT-4, its most advanced AI model, "a complete secret."

"There are no scientific publications describing the design of GPT-4. Instead, there are just press releases bragging about performance. On information and belief, this secrecy is primarily driven by commercial considerations, not safety."

"The internal details of GPT-4 are known only to OpenAI and, on information and belief, to Microsoft. GPT-4 is hence the opposite of ‘open AI,’" the lawsuit argues.... (Read more)

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