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OpenAI Fires Back at Elon Musk's Lawsuit, Alleges Counter-Accusations

OpenAI responds to Elon Musk's lawsuit with counter-accusations. Musk alleges OpenAI has abandoned its mission in favor of profits for Microsoft. OpenAI claims Musk previously supported a for-profit structure and suggested a merger with Tesla.

OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, have responded to Elon Musk's lawsuit with their own set of allegations against him. Musk, who co-founded the company, claims that OpenAI has strayed from its original mission of benefiting humanity and is now prioritizing profits for its major investor, Microsoft. However, OpenAI argues that Musk himself had previously supported the idea of a for-profit structure and even suggested a merger with his own car company, Tesla.

In a blog post on their website, OpenAI also reveals that Musk had once desired "absolute control" over the company before ultimately leaving in 2018. The company intends to dismiss the claims made in Musk's recently filed lawsuit. To support their stance, OpenAI has published a collection of Musk's emails to his fellow co-founders, aiming to refute some of his assertions.

Musk's lawsuit, filed in a San Francisco court on February 29th, alleges that OpenAI violated the principles they had agreed upon when he helped co-found the company in 2015. The lawsuit also takes a swipe at Microsoft, which has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI since its establishment of a for-profit arm in 2019.

According to court filings, Musk's lawyers argue that OpenAI has become a "closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world." OpenAI, in their blog post, expresses disappointment in the situation, stating, "We're sad that it's come to this with someone whom we've deeply admired - someone who inspired us to aim higher, then told us we would fail, started a competitor, and then sued us when we started making meaningful progress towards OpenAI's mission without him."

The blog post was authored by fellow co-founders and executives, including CEO Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and former chief scientist Ilya Sutskever. Musk's lawsuit targeted both Altman and Brockman, as well as the company itself.

OpenAI's blog post delves into the details, refuting several claims made in the lawsuit. It reveals that in early 2018, Musk forwarded an email suggesting that OpenAI should merge with Tesla, using it as a "cash cow" to further their mission. The blog post adds, "As we discussed a for-profit structure in order to further the mission, Elon wanted us to merge with Tesla or he wanted full control."

The legal battle between Musk and OpenAI continues to unfold, with both sides presenting their arguments and counter-accusations. It remains to be seen how this dispute will impact the future of OpenAI and its mission to advance artificial intelligence for the benefit of all.

  • OpenAI responds to Elon Musk's lawsuit with counter-accusations

  • Musk alleges OpenAI has abandoned its mission in favor of profits for Microsoft

  • OpenAI claims Musk previously supported a for-profit structure and suggested a merger with Tesla

Source: BBC

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