Elon Musk co-founded the nonprofit OpenAI, which was set to be a non-profit organization for human interaction for the benefit of society in 2018. After the failure, Musk sought out further large-scale funding for the project.
Musk was reportedly offered to take direct control of OpenAI in 2018, but other OpenAI founders rejected the offer, including Sam Altman, now the company's CEO, and Greg Brockman, now its president. After resigning from the board of directors of OpenAI, he rejected his original intention to invest $1 billion in the business, limiting himself to ten times less.
Musk's decision presented a significant challenge, as large-scale AI models such as the DALL-E image generator and the GPT text generative AI required enormous financial investments. By 2019, OpenAI was forced to announce the creation of a new commercial organization to support its research and very rapidly received billions in investments and resources from Microsoft, who also provided exclusive licenses to use OpenAI technologies in its products.
OpenAI has not yet commented on the claim that the lack of Musk funding pushed the company to cooperate with Microsoft, although this version is quite plausible. Many in the IT industry consider OpenAI's use of corporate interests to be important, not only because of the change in the original principles of OpenAI, but also because of the desire to develop new AI products as soon as possible, which has serious consequences.
OpenAI's partnership with Microsoft has certainly altered the company's openness. Many experts were surprised by the lack of information about the new GPT-4 AI language model in early March, as many experts believed that this was done to preserve a competitive advantage and prevent abuse.
Both companies are rapidly integrating AI services and products, including Microsoft's Windows 365 Suite and its ChatGPT chatbot interaction with other sites and services. OpenAI claims it will enhance the bot's capabilities by adding plugins this week.
Musk has repeatedly expressed displeasure at the change in OpenAI policy. In February, he tweeted that OpenAI had "been transformed into a closed source company, as profitable as possible, effectively controlled by Microsoft," adding that this was not exactly what he intended. Last Friday, he tweeted a meme with the caption, "Me, realizing that AI, the most powerful tool ever created by mankind, is now in the hands of a brutal corporate monopoly."
Elon Musk is a financially involved individual who is also a skilled manipulator of public opinion, always striving to establish himself as a hero.
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