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Elon Musk Hits OpenAI With “Breach Of Contract” Lawsuit For Abandoning Foundational Mission | ZeroHedge

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Elon Musk Hits OpenAI With “Breach Of Contract” Lawsuit For Abandoning Foundational Mission | ZeroHedge

Elon Musk claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday evening in the San Francisco Superior Court that ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and its chief executive Sam Altman, among others, have breached the artificial intelligence startup’s founding agreement that puts humanity over profits. 

“These events of 2023 constitute flagrant breaches of the Founding Agreement, which Defendants have essentially turned on its head. To this day, OpenAI, Inc.’s website continues to profess that its charter is to ensure that AGI [artificial general intelligence technology] “benefits all of humanity,”” the lawsuit reads. 

It continues: “In reality, however, 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.”

Besides breach of contract, Musk argues that OpenAI also violates fiduciary duty and unfair business practices and asks the startup to revert to an open source model to better humanity. The billionaire requests an injunction to prevent OpenAI, Altman, and or president Gregory Brockman – as well as Microsoft – from profiting off the startup’s AI products. 

Musk alleges that Altman, Brockman, and Microsoft conspired together to remove the startup’s board members, who were tasked with upholding its foundational mission.

According to Musk, OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, released one year ago, remains a closed model. And he said this is due mainly to commercial considerations instead of the interest of humanity.

Musk, an original board member of OpenAI, departed in 2018. In 2015, he co-founded the startup. 

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