Elon Musk Takes Legal Action Against OpenAI and Sam Altman Alleging Violation of Company Principless

Elon Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman, alleging a breach of contract for prioritizing profit over public benefit in AI development.

Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 with Altman but claimed that their partnership with Microsoft contradicted the company's original commitment to responsible AI development.

The lawsuit, filed in a San Francisco court, accused OpenAI of becoming a closed-source subsidiary of Microsoft, contrary to its nonprofit origins.

After leaving OpenAI's board in 2018, Musk criticized the company's focus on generative AI and its lack of attention to potential risks.

Musk's lawsuit claims that OpenAI's shift towards profit-driven motives violated its founding principles, including making AI technology open source.

The legal action seeks a jury trial and accuses OpenAI and Altman of breaching contract, violating fiduciary duty, and engaging in unfair business practices.

Musk demands OpenAI to revert to open-source practices and seeks reimbursement of profits allegedly earned through misconduct by Altman.

OpenAI and Musk declined to comment on the lawsuit, adding further tension to their already strained relationship.

The lawsuit adds to challenges for Altman, who faced temporary removal as OpenAI's CEO last year and regulatory scrutiny over the company's partnership with Microsoft.

Musk's significant financial contributions and involvement in recruiting top talent are highlighted in the lawsuit to underscore his pivotal role in OpenAI's establishment and growth.