Last week, Elon Musk was making headlines for taking legal action against OpenAI, accusing the company of breaching its contract and indulging in unfair business practices. Musk, in his lawsuit, alleged that OpenAI’s focus on maximising profits for Microsoft, instead of benefiting humanity, goes against the company’s original mission. Musk, who was one of the founders of OpenAI in 2015, has often taken digs at the company and its AI chatbot, ChatGPT.

From saying that ChatGPT was “too woke” to terming its impact on humans “concerning,” Musk hasn’t even shied away from either mocking, or criticising the AI tool. And when Musk sued OpenAI, it made headlines instantly. Now, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman seems to be reminding Musk that he stood by him when the world was rooting against Tesla in 2019.

Altman shared the old conversation on X, by replying on it. In the tweet that dates back to May 22, 2019, Altman wrote, “It’s gross seeing so many root against Tesla. Be the person on the side of the climate and innovation, not the person hoping to make money on puts. Also, betting against Elon is historically a mistake and the best product usually wins.”

In response to this, Musk had replied “Thanks Sam.”

Now, Altman has replied to Musk’s post and wrote, “Anytime.”

Surely, the OpenAI CEO isn’t just responding to Musk’s comment after more than four years. He is simply getting this tweet noticed.

For the unversed, OpenAI was founded in 2015 with the intent of saving humanity from the potential destruction of AI. The company was launched as a non-profit research company, dedicated to the cause. Sam Altman and Elon Musk were amongst the founders of the company. Musk resigned from OpenAI in 2018 and also let go of all his stake in it. The reasons behind Musk’s exit are debatable. While some reports claimed that Musk’s other companies were also working on AI and this is why the Tesla chief left OpenAI. Other reports say that Musk left as he wanted to control the company and Altman and other board members didn’t let that happen.

In 2019, OpenAI declared itself as a ‘for-profit’ company and partnered with the likes of Microsoft and other big corporations. Its generative AI chatbot, ChatGPT, garnered immense attention in 2022 and became the face of the company. As a result, OpenAI as well as its founder Sam Altman became household names.

After initially offering ChatGPT for free, OpenAI rolled out a paid version which was even more advanced. Even though the free version running on GPT-3.5 is available to use without any fee, the paid version is more sophisticated and runs on OpenAI’s latest LLM, GPT-4.

Published By:

Divyanshi Sharma

Published On:

Mar 5, 2024

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