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Musk Sues OpenAI for "Betrayal" of Founding Mission

Fri 01 Mar 2024 | 10:51 PM
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Trending businessman Elon Musk started suing OpenAI, the company which he contributed to its founding in 2015. He accused the company of a "betrayal" of its founding mission.

Musk, who left the company in 2018, said in documents filed in a San Francisco court, on Thursday, that the company was always designed to be a non-profit entity. However, the recent changes in OpenAI represented a subsidiary of software giant Microsoft, which Musk called that this was a breach of contract.

Musk accused OpenAI of continuing in secrecy "towards a profit-centric future with possible calamitous implications for humanity".

The changes in 2023 were "a stark betrayal of the Founding Agreement, turning that Agreement on its head and perverting OpenAI Inc's mission."

"In reality, however, OpenAI Inc has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft," the filing said.

OpenAI started to be more public in late 2022 after the release of its ChatGPT, which can conduct several creative services like generating essays and answering questions.

The company also developed image and video-generating tools which gained huge success. It helped in attracting huge investment into AI, and one of the main investors in the company is Microsoft.