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Elon Musk goes to war with OpenAI because it isn't 'benefiting humanity'

By T.K. Randall
March 6, 2024 · Comment icon 13 comments
Elon Musk.
Musk is not happy with how things are going at OpenAI. Image Credit: Trevor cokley
The Tesla CEO is suing the creators of ChatGPT for allegedly pursuing profit over benefiting the human race.
In an unexpected move, Elon Musk - who has long warned of the consequences of developing artificial intelligence - is suing both OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, for allegedly abandoning its mission to develop non-profit AI technology "for the benefit of humanity".

"Mr. Musk has long recognized that AGI (artificial general intelligence) poses a grave threat to humanity - perhaps the greatest existential threat we face today," the lawsuit reads.

"If a machine can solve nearly any task better than we can, that machine becomes more economically useful than we are."

"As [ Sun Microsystems founder Bill Joy] warned, with strong AGI, 'the future doesn't need us.' Mr. Musk publicly called for a variety of measures to address the dangers of AGI, from voluntary moratoria to regulation, but his calls largely fell on deaf ears."

"But where some like Mr. Musk see an existential threat in AGI, others see AGI as a source of profit and power."
Musk argues that OpenAI's partnership with Microsoft has turned it "into a closed-source de facto subsidiary" of the company and that this, among other things, constitutes a breach of an agreement he made with OpenAI and its founders in 2015 to make the technology open source and nonprofit.

The lawsuit itself aims to force OpenAI to "return to its mission to develop AGI for the benefit of humanity."

Since filing the lawsuit, OpenAI has responded by arguing that Musk had wanted full control of the company by merging it with his own company Tesla.

It also contested the notion that the plan had been to create a wholly open source AGI.

Exactly what will happen as a result of the lawsuit, however, remains to be seen.

Source: The Verge | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by MrsGently 3 months ago
well that's how 'investment' works, right? If you and your buddy open up a bar nobody is questioning if you can decorate how you want. That's why I really appreciate it they're not 'united' on the subject. Because it has much larger effects than a bar. The discussion and to have it publicly, as it will at some point be a matter of politics and social change, is really important.    
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gertdoggy 3 months ago
Has this ever not been the case?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tatetopa 3 months ago
Nope, you are rtight it has been our lot through most of civilization.  It just becomes more transparent and less tolerable as we realize some of these billionaires are self-serving chumps and not god's gift to humanity.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Cho Jinn 3 months ago
Internet User: I would be completely fine with this if Musk’s personal politics aligned with mine.  Because they don’t, I find everything about him unacceptable.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Alchopwn 3 months ago
Elon Musk supports dictatorships because he believes that Communist Occupied West Taiwan is building Roko's Basilisk, and he doesn't want to be on the wrong side of that.???
Comment icon #9 Posted by Alchopwn 3 months ago
Bad news.  We elected them with our money.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Tatetopa 3 months ago
Only if they are weenies without information or critical thinking skills.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Occupational Hubris 3 months ago
Great. Now everyone reading this is venerable to the basilisk 
Comment icon #12 Posted by DayoOlabisi 3 months ago
are you a former less wrong member?
Comment icon #13 Posted by quiXilver 3 months ago
He seems to be partially dissociated and at perpetual war with his true nature and all about him.   Naive Realism is its own punishment.

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