Elon Musk sues Open AI over claims of "Breach of Contract"

Elon Musk and OpenAI are currently embroiled in a legal dispute.


OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research organisation founded with the goal of advancing AI technology for the benefit of humanity. Elon Musk was a founding board member of OpenAI and played a significant role in its early days.
Elon Musk has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, accusing the organization of breaching its foundational mission. He claims that OpenAI has deviated from its original non-profit, open-source mission.
The company released historical email correspondence with Musk, where he suggested merging OpenAI with Tesla and attaching it to the electric carmaker as a “cash cow.”

In 2017, both parties apparently decided that the next step was to create a for-profit entity to generate capital for building artificial general intelligence (AGI)—a theoretical form of AI that can perform tasks at or above human levels of intelligence. However, they couldn’t agree on terms because OpenAI believed that absolute control by any individual would go against their mission.
OpenAI has fired back, asserting that Musk himself supported their plans to create a for-profit unit.
Musk’s lawsuit alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair business practices. He seeks to hold OpenAI accountable and compel a return to its open-source roots. Musk had originally agreed to work on AGI in a way that would “benefit humanity.”


The legal battle reflects differing perspectives on OpenAI’s mission and the balance between profit and altruism in AI development.

It’s unfortunate that this disagreement has arisen, especially considering Musk’s initial inspiration for OpenAI’s mission. The case is now before a San Francisco court, where both sides will present their arguments.
Elon Musk sues Open AI over claims of "Breach of Contract" Elon Musk sues Open AI over claims of "Breach of Contract" Reviewed by Kanthala Raghu on March 06, 2024 Rating: 5

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