OpenAI says Musk is upset about not being involved with the company


A day after Elon Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI came to light, internal memos from the ChatGPT developer were leaked, revealing how the company received the news. Company executives believe that Tesla's CEO filed the lawsuit because he regrets “not being involved with the company today,” according to a report from The Verge.

What do you need to know?

  • Musk is suing OpenAI;
  • The claim is that the company is seeking profit from AI;
  • Which would go against the company's founding principles;
  • Internally, the creator of ChatGPT claims that Tesla's CEO is upset about not being involved with the company;
  • OpenAI also gave details of its objectives.

What does Musk allege in the lawsuit against OpenAI?

According to the lawsuit, Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman initially approached Musk about creating an open-source, nonprofit company. The billionaire participated in the founding of the company that owns ChatGPT in 2015, but resigned from the board in 2018.

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Elon Musk's lawyers stated in the lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, in the United States, that the Microsoft-backed company's focus on profit violated this contract. They added that the company has kept the design of GPT-4, its most advanced AI model, completely secret.

CEO of OpenAI and creator of ChatGPT, Sam Altman, during a hearing in the United States Congress
CEO of OpenAI and creator of ChatGPT, Sam Altman, during a hearing in the United States Congress (Image: Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)

What does OpenAI say?

The website Axios had access to internal OpenAI memos, revealing how the company received the process. “The allegations [de Musk] – including claims that GPT-4 is an AGI (artificial general intelligence), that open sourcing our technology is key to the mission, and that we are a de facto subsidiary of Microsoft – do not reflect the reality of our work or mission” , chief strategy officer Jason Kwon told employees.

The executive explains that ChatGPT does not represent an AGI. The concept of artificial general intelligence would be an intelligent tool capable of thinking on its own in a more advanced way than human beings. OpenAI claims that it is working to create a tool of this type, but this is far from reality.

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Importantly, an AGI will be a highly autonomous system, capable enough to devise new solutions to long-standing challenges – GPT-4 cannot do this. our challenge is to build AGI and ensure that its impact is maximally positive

Jason Kwon

The director also refuted allegations that OpenAI is a subsidiary of Microsoft, one of the company's largest investors. “We also compete directly with Microsoft to provide the best value and products for businesses, developers and everyday people. As we know, OpenAI is the creator of ChatGPT and ChatGPT for Enterprise, while Microsoft offers Copilot and Copilot for Microsoft 365,” concluded Kwon.


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