Elon Musk Targets OpenAI With Lawsuit

(USNewsBreak.com) – The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a myriad of reactions. For those who welcome the technology, just as many, if not more, remain skeptical. While it does have its perks, some, like Elon Musk, worry about the potential hazards. In fact, Musk recently decided to take the matter to court.

On Thursday, February 29, Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, the company that released ChatGPT in 2022, in San Francisco Superior Court. In the complaint, the billionaire who co-founded the company alleged that when he invested in it — a stunning $44 million from 2016 to 2020 — its mission was to develop AI “for the benefit of humanity broadly.” Musk says along the way, it abandoned that objective in favor of pursuing profits. Over the past few months, he has repeatedly vocalized his concerns about the company and its perceived wrongs.

OpenAI initially agreed to keep its code available to the public rather than sell it to private companies, according to the suit. However, that all went out the window when it partnered up with tech giant Microsoft. While Musk is suing the company for breach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practices, and breach of contract, he is also asking the courts to issue an injunction preventing anyone from benefitting from the technology.

OpenAI responded to the lawsuit in an internal memo obtained by CNBC, claiming the company believes Musk is suing because he’s no longer part of the venture, having stepped down from the board in 2018. Chief Strategy Officer Jason Kwon also pointed out that other issues resulted in the billionaire stepping down, such as his demands for “full initial control and majority equity” and suggesting the company merge with Tesla Motors, where he is CEO. Kwon said those moves didn’t line up with OpenAI’s mission.

As of the time of writing, Musk hadn’t responded to Kwon’s statements.

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