American Billionaire Elon Musk drops lawsuit against OpenAI and Sam Altman

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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk filed a motion on Tuesday to drop his lawsuit against ChatGPT maker OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman for abandoning the startup’s initial objective of researching artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity rather than profit. Musk’s attorneys submitted a motion in San Francisco Superior Court to dismiss the February complaint without providing a rationale.

A Superior Court judge was preparing to consider OpenAI’s motion to dismiss the complaint on Wednesday. OpenAI and Musk’s counsel did not immediately reply to demands for comment.
Musk dismissed his complaint without prejudice, which means he can re-file it later.

The lawsuit was the climax of Musk’s long-simmering resistance to OpenAI, a business he co-founded that has since become the face of generative AI thanks to billions of dollars in backing from Microsoft. Musk created his own artificial intelligence business, xAI, in July and raised $6 billion in series B fundraising in May, resulting in a post-money valuation of $24 billion.

According to the lawsuit, Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman approached Musk about starting an open-source, non-profit corporation, but the startup, which was founded in 2015, is now focused on profit. According to the lawsuit, OpenAI “set the founding agreement aflame” last year by releasing its most powerful language model, GPT-4.

In the case, Musk sought a judge to order OpenAI to make its research and technology available to the public and to prevent the business from exploiting its assets, including GPT-4, for the financial benefit of Microsoft and others. In a court filing, OpenAI stated that Musk’s action was based on illogical allegations and was a manufactured attempt to advance his own AI interests.

“Seeing the remarkable technological advances OpenAI has achieved, Musk now wants that success for himself,” OpenAI’s attorneys stated. In an April filing, Musk stated that OpenAI was attempting to “advance arguments based on disputed facts” that are outside the scope of the complaint

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