Helena Lyng Blak
10 weeks ago

OpenAI on Elon Musk: “He wanted full control”

In a blog post, OpenAI responds to Elon Musk’s lawsuit.
The silhouette of a person using a smartphone in front of a wall with OpenAI's logo on it.
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Last week, Elon Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, arguably the world's most famous generative AI.

The suit alleges, among other things, that OpenAI is in breach of contract for violating a so-called “Founding Agreement,” which, according to The Verge, does not exist.

Musk’s suit claims that OpenAI forsakes its original mission by having “essentially turned on its head.” The suit, furthermore, states: “To this day, OpenAI, Inc.’s website continues to profess that its charter is to ensure that AGI ‘benefits all of humanity.’ In reality, however, OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft”.

On March 5, however, OpenAI responded to Musk’s allegations in a blog post on their website, claiming that the corporation and Musk were in agreement of moving forward with a for-profit entity within the organization, backing up their claims with several email exchanges.

OpenAI says that Musk wanted them to either "merge with Tesla or he wanted full control", and that this became the reason for the split between the two parties.

According to OpenAI, "We couldn’t agree to terms on a for-profit with Elon because we felt it was against the mission for any individual to have absolute control over OpenAI."

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