Earlier than xAI, Elon Musk had hopes for OpenAI at Tesla

Earlier than xAI, Elon Musk had hopes for OpenAI at Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been concerned within the improvement of synthetic intelligence for a few years, each at his personal firms and as a former board member of ChatGPT maker OpenAI. Nevertheless, new particulars from biographer Walter Isaacson present that Musk might have courted the AI analysis lab to be absorbed by Tesla earlier than stepping down.

In an excerpt from the biography shared this week by Time, Isaacson says that Musk tried to influence present OpenAI CEO Sam Altman to include the AI firm into Tesla earlier than leaving (through Enterprise Insider). In response to the account, OpenAI denied Musk’s requests, and Altman quickly turned the corporate’s new President and later CEO.

On the time, lengthy earlier than the then-non-profit had debuted ChatGPT, Tesla had additionally been ramping up AI efforts for its neural networks skilled for Autopilot and the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta, together with different initiatives.

Altman went on to launch a for-profit arm of OpenAI that gained a big funding from Microsoft, which Musk protested on the time on account of considerations over how AI improvement can be dealt with. Through the years, Musk has expressed potential risks about different AI programs and generative language fashions like ChatGPT, noting that they may change into politically indoctrinated and pose main dangers to humanity.

Isaacson says that Musk additionally invited Altman to satisfy with him in February of this yr, throughout which Musk reportedly “unleashed a barrage of assaults on OpenAI.” Among the many assaults had been criticisms as to how the corporate might legally shift its authentic standing as a non-profit to being funded by donations as a for-profit that may have the ability to generate tens of millions of {dollars}.

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“He’s a jerk,” Altman stated of Musk in an interview with Kara Swisher after the assembly. “He has a mode that isn’t a mode that I’d need to have for myself. However I feel he does actually care, and he’s feeling very harassed about what the longer term’s going to seem like for humanity.”

On the time of writing, Insider says neither Musk nor Altman’s representatives have responded to requests for remark, which the publication submitted outdoors of typical workplace hours.

Earlier this month, Musk was acknowledged on Time’s Listing of the 100 most influential individuals in AI, alongside Altman and different {industry} leaders. He has additionally frequently echoed considerations across the know-how, even calling for an industry-wide pause on AI improvement in March and warning of a ‘doubtlessly catastrophic final result’ in June.

Different AI-related initiatives below Musk’s watch embrace the Tesla Optimus robotic and Dojo supercomputer, his mind chip firm Neuralink, and his new firm, xAI, launched earlier this yr.

The mission assertion of xAI is to “perceive the true nature of the universe,” in keeping with the corporate’s web site.

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Earlier than xAI, Elon Musk had hopes for OpenAI at Tesla