OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has hit out at Twitter CEO Elon Musk for criticizing his for-profit company, which is now owned by Microsoft.
On the On With Kara Swisher podcast, Altman said OpenAI is “independent” of Microsoft.
Altman said Musk has criticized OpenAI on Twitter.
“Elon Musk is apparently attacking us,” he noted.
“The positive thing I will say about Elon is that I think he really cares about a good future with artificial general intelligence (AGI). I mean, he’s a jerk, whatever else you want to say about him. But he has a style that I wouldn’t want for myself,” Altman said.
“But I think he really cares, and he’s very stressed about what the future of humanity looks like,” the OpenAI CEO added.
Musk attempted to take over OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, in early 2018, but Altman and the other OpenAI co-founders rejected Musk’s proposal.
Musk later walked away from the company and abandoned the massive planned donation, according to Semaphore.
Musk told Altman that he believed the company had fallen fatally behind Google.
When Musk walked away, he resigned from its board in 2018, citing a conflict of interest in his work at Tesla.
According to Semaphore’s report, he also broke his promise to provide $1 billion in funding and only contributed $100 million before he walked.
In March 2019, OpenAI announced that it was creating a for-profit entity to raise enough money to pay for the computing power.
Less than six months later, Microsoft infused $1 billion into OpenAI, and the rest is history.
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