Elon Musk files a lawsuit against OpenAI

Elon Musk files a lawsuit against OpenAI

Elon Musk is starting proceedings against a company he founded himself. The billionaire filed a complaint against OpenAI (the creator of ChatGPT) and its co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman on Thursday, February 29. He criticizes them for abandoning the organization’s original mission.

According to documents filed with a San Francisco court, accessed Friday by Agence France-Presse, Elon Musk accuses OpenAI, which has joined forces with Microsoft, of violating the original agreement at the origin of its development. The latter stipulates that OpenAI must remain a non-profit organization committed to the well-being of humanity. However, as of 2019, OpenAI has also established a for-profit company.

“Maximize profits”

Elon Musk founded OpenAI in 2015 together with Sam Altman, among others, to work on open source software for artificial intelligence (accessible, adaptable, usable and redistributable for everyone). He left in 2018 and is now among the company’s most outspoken critics. “OpenAI was founded as an open source, non-profit organization to counter Google, but it has become a closed, profit-maximizing company effectively controlled by Microsoft.”, he said ironically a year ago. X’s boss also founded his own artificial intelligence company, xAI, in 2023.

OpenAI has not publicly released the code for its latest language model, GPT-4. “Breaking the original contract”Elon Musk’s lawyers argue in the complaint. “Contrary to the Incorporation Agreement, Defendants chose to use GPT-4 not for the benefit of humanity, but as a proprietary technology aimed at maximizing the profits of the world’s largest corporation”namely Microsoft, it is also written there.

The IT giant has committed $13 billion in investments to OpenAI. Sam Altman has since reoriented his organization on a lucrative trajectory, which led to him being fired by part of the board of directors in November. Backed by Microsoft, OpenAI’s boss was reinstated five days later. In particular, Elon Musk is advocating that GPT-4 be excluded from the license that OpenAI grants to Microsoft.

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