Mar 11, 2024 - Technology

OpenAI calls Musk's claims "convoluted" and "incoherent"

Elon Musk, owner of Tesla and the X (formerly Twitter) platform, attends a symposium on fighting antisemitism titled 'Never Again : Lip Service or Deep Conversation' in Krakow, Poland on January 22nd, 2024.

Elon Musk in Krakow, Poland, in January. Photo: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

OpenAI shot back at Elon Musk's lawsuit in a court filing on Monday, saying his claims "rest on convoluted — often incoherent — factual premises."

The big picture: The move is the latest in a longstanding feud between Musk and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman over how generative artificial intelligence should be used as the company's ChatGPT revolutionizes its use.

Catch up quick: Musk filed a lawsuit earlier this month against OpenAI and Altman, alleging they have abandoned the company's founding agreement to pursue AI research for the good of humanity rather than profit.

  • Musk, who co-founded OpenAI as a non-profit, alleged that he, Altman, Greg Brockman and other co-founders had agreed the company would be an open-source nonprofit seeking to develop artificial intelligence "for the benefit of humanity."
  • But, that founding agreement was set "aflame," the lawsuit stated.

State of play: In the filing last week, the company said it did not violate such an agreement as "there is no founding agreement, or any agreement at all with Musk, as the complaint itself makes clear."

  • "The relief Musk seeks is as extraordinary as his claims are contrived," the company said. "Musk requests an order compelling OpenAI to reorganize and distribute its technology in accordance with the terms of his fictitious contract."

The other side: Musk accuses of OpenAI in the suit of transforming "into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft," for which the billionaire claims it seeks "to maximize profits."

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