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Elon Musk Sues OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman for Breach of Contract

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Published on March 4, 2024, 15:25:00

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Elon Musk, OpenAI, Sam Altman, lawsuit, chatgpt

Elon Musk has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, as well as others, alleging a breach of contractual agreements when Musk helped establish the ChatGPT-maker in 2015.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, claims that Altman and OpenAI's co-founder, Greg Brockman, initially approached Musk to create an open-source, non-profit organisation focused on developing artificial intelligence technology for the betterment of humanity.
According to Musk's lawyers, OpenAI's shift towards profit-seeking activities violates the original agreement. Although Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015, he resigned from the company's board in 2018.

OpenAI responded to Elon Musk's lawsuit by rejecting its validity. The company asserted that Musk, a former investor, expressed regret for no longer being part of the organisation leading the artificial intelligence revolution.

ChatGPT, OpenAI's chatbot, experienced rapid growth within six months of its launch in November 2022, making it the fastest-growing software application globally. Its success prompted competing chatbots from major tech companies like Microsoft and Alphabet and numerous startups to capitalise on the trend and secure significant funding.

Since its introduction, ChatGPT has found utility across various industries, from summarising documents to coding, sparking a race among tech giants to develop their generative AI-based offerings.

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