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Musk abruptly withdraws OpenAI lawsuit

Musk abruptly withdraws OpenAI lawsuit

Musk Withdraws

Elon Musk has abruptly withdrawn his lawsuit against OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman. The billionaire’s lawyers filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss the case without citing a reason. Musk, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015, had accused the company of straying from its original nonprofit mission by reserving some of its most advanced AI technology for private customers.

He sought a jury trial and demanded that OpenAI, Altman, and co-founder Greg Brockman repay any profit they received from the business. OpenAI had quickly countered Musk’s claims, calling them “incoherent” and “frivolous.” The company argued in a court filing that the case should be dismissed. It also released several of Musk’s emails from OpenAI’s early days, which appeared to show him acknowledging the need for the company to generate substantial revenue to support its AI ambitions.

The decision to drop the lawsuit came one day after Musk criticized OpenAI and its handling of user data on his social media platform X. This reaction followed Apple’s announcement of a partnership that integrates ChatGPT with its digital assistant Siri on an opt-in basis.

Musk drops OpenAI lawsuit unexpectedly

Musk posted, “If Apple integrates OpenAI at the operating system level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies. That is an unacceptable security violation.” However, Apple clarified that user queries sent to ChatGPT would not be stored by OpenAI. The legal battle highlights the diverging visions for how OpenAI, which has rapidly increased in value and become a leader in the AI space, should be managed.

Musk accused OpenAI of racing to develop powerful “artificial general intelligence” technology to “maximize profits.”

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OpenAI, on the other hand, suggested Musk was jealous of no longer being involved in the startup after he left in 2018 following an unsuccessful bid to convince co-founders to let Tesla acquire the company. While OpenAI dismissed Musk’s claims as “a fiction,” he isn’t the only critic of the company’s leadership and direction. Last year, OpenAI faced a leadership crisis that led to Altman’s temporary ouster, reportedly over concerns by several board members.

After days of uncertainty and intervention by Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, Altman was reinstated. More recently, multiple high-profile OpenAI safety leaders have resigned, with several publicly claiming the company prioritized rolling out new products over safety. In response, OpenAI has since formed a new committee to make recommendations about safety and security practices.

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