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OpenAI counters Elon Musk’s lawsuit, reveals tech mogul predicted their failure

Artificial intelligence company OpenAI has announced its intention to dismiss all allegations made by Elon Musk, revealing the tech billionaire initially assigned the company’s success odds at zero.

Responding to Musk’s recent lawsuit alleging a departure from its nonprofit roots, OpenAI unveiled email correspondences shedding light on its interactions with Musk.

Last week, Musk, a founding board member of the AI company, accused the firm of veering off course by prioritizing profit over its mission of advancing technology for societal good.

OpenAI’s response

In a comprehensive rebuttal, OpenAI disclosed that Musk endorsed the establishment of a for-profit wing back in 2017. However, negotiations faltered as Musk sought extensive control, including majority equity, initial board dominance, and the CEO position.

OpenAI said:

“In late 2017, we and Elon decided the next step for the mission was to create a for-profit entity. Elon wanted majority equity, initial board control, and to be CEO.”

Consequently, Elon left OpenAI, saying that its “probability of success was 0 and that he planned to build an AGI competitor within Tesla.”

Addressing criticisms regarding the non-disclosure of its research, OpenAI clarified, “Elon understood the mission did not imply open-sourcing AGI.” The company referenced a January 2016 email exchange wherein it was deemed appropriate to limit transparency as AI advancements neared fruition.

Key stakeholders, including co-founders Greg Brockman and Sam Altman, authored OpenAI’s response. Other authors are: Ilya Sutskever, John Schulman, and Wojciech Zaremba.

“We’re sad that it’s come to this with someone whom we’ve deeply admired – someone who inspired us to aim higher, then told us we would fail, started a competitor, and then sued us when we started making meaningful progress towards OpenAI’s mission without him,” the authors concluded.

Last year, Musk, known for his ventures in various technological domains, founded x.AI Corp, a privately owned for-profit enterprise. This company is actively engaged in the development of a closed-source AI model called Grok.

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