Elon Musk Sues OpenAI, Accuses Company Of Putting ‘Profits’ Over ‘Humanity’

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Billionaire Elon Musk is suing artificial intelligence (AI) titan OpenAI for an alleged breach of contract, arguing that the company abandoned its mission to “benefit humanity” and instead chose to become a “de facto” Microsoft subsidiary.

OpenAI is the maker of ChatGPT and a partner of Microsoft, which has backed it with billions of dollars. OpenAI is striving to increase revenue for Microsoft instead of helping humans, as originally intended, Musk alleged in the lawsuit filed in San Francisco, which also lists CEO Sam Altman and President Greg Brockman as defendants. (RELATED: Twitter Threatens Legal Action Against Meta’s New App, Alleges Intellectual Property Violation)

“To this day, OpenAI, Inc.’s website continues to profess that its charter is to ensure that AGI [artificial general intelligence] ‘benefits all of humanity.’ In reality, however, OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft,” the filing asserts.

“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,” it adds.

Musk was a co-founder of OpenAI in 2015 but left its board in 2018, according to CNBC.

“This case is filed to compel OpenAI to adhere to the Founding Agreement and return to its mission to develop AGI for the benefit of humanity, not to personally benefit the individual Defendants and the largest technology company in the world,” the filing states.

ChatGPT launched in November 2022 and grew more rapidly than any other consumer application, according to CNBC.

OpenAI did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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