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Co-founder of OpenAI: The Musk-Altman feud is “unnecessary”

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Co-founder of OpenAI: The Musk-Altman feud is “unnecessary”

Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and Sam Altman. Getty Images

OpenAI co-founder Wojciech Zaremba called the ongoing feud between Elon Musk and Sam Altman “unnecessary.”

Zaremba’s X post follows Musk’s filing of a lawsuit against OpenAI and Sam Altman.

Several OpenAI co-founders fired back against Musk in a blog post on the company’s website.

This is a machine translation of an article from our US colleagues at Business Insider. It was automatically translated and checked by a real editor.

OpenAI co-founder Wojciech Zaremba said it was “sad” to see Elon Musk and Sam Altman in an “unnecessary argument.” The computer scientist made this remark in one X-Post on Saturday after Musk sued OpenAI and its CEO.

Zaremba wrote: “I respect @elonmusk deeply, and I love @same. It’s sad to see an unnecessary argument. It would be so much better to put your creative energy into building the future you dream of than into an argument. May you (both) be happy and find peace.”

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Musk wanted to be CEO of OpenAI

Zaremba joined four other OpenAI founders and published private emails between them and Musk on his blog on Tuesday. The Blog suggests that Musk supports the company’s plans to transform into a for-profit corporate structure.

“We are sad that someone we deeply admired has come to this – someone who inspired us to aim higher, then told us we would fail, founded a competitor, and then sued us when we did began making significant progress toward OpenAI’s mission without him,” the authors wrote.

Musk’s lawyers argued in the lawsuit filed Thursday against OpenAI that it had become a “closed-source de facto subsidiary” of Microsoft. This jeopardized his mission to develop AI for the benefit of humanity.

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The co-founders pushed back in their blog post: “In late 2017, we and Elon decided that the next step for the mission was to create a for-profit company. Elon wanted majority ownership, initial control of the board and the CEO position. In the middle of these discussions he refused funding.”

They also said that Musk sent them an email suggesting that they “attach to Tesla as a cash cow” and that he wanted to become CEO of OpenAI and have majority control. “Elon wanted to be the capital majority, the initial control of the board and CEO. In the middle of these discussions, he withheld funding,” it said.

According to OpenAI, Musk left the company at the end of February 2018, but his lawyers claim that he “continued to contribute to OpenAI” until mid-September 2020.

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