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Elon Musk Terminates Legal Action Against OpenAI

Elon Musk has unexpectedly requested a California court to withdraw his legal case against OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman. The lawsuit accused them of straying from the organization’s founding mission to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for the benefit of humanity.

The filing, submitted by Musk’s legal team, requested the months-old case be dropped without providing any reason for the decision. This move came just a day before the court was set to hear OpenAI’s request to have the case dismissed. Musk’s lawyer and OpenAI were contacted for comments but have yet to respond.

The latest filing asked for the case’s dismissal “without prejudice,” which means Musk retains the option to reactivate it in the future. The Tesla CEO initially filed the lawsuit against OpenAI in late February, alleging the company, which he co-founded in 2015, had shifted its focus from altruistic goals to profit-making.

In response, OpenAI argued that Musk had previously supported the idea of a for-profit structure and even suggested a merger with his electric car company, Tesla. The dispute escalated earlier this week following Apple’s announcement of a partnership with OpenAI to enhance its Siri voice assistant and operating systems using OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology.

also read: OpenAI Signs PwC as First Resale Partner, Bringing 100K Employees to ChatGPT Enterprise

Following the announcement, Musk posted several critical messages on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. In one of the posts, he stated, “Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the river.”

Despite Musk’s criticism, investors appeared to welcome the news, with Apple’s stock market value reaching a record high above $3 trillion.

In July 2023, Musk launched his own AI company, xAI, which aims to “understand reality.” In November, xAI introduced Grok, a chatbot designed with “a little humour,” to compete with ChatGPT and other similar technologies.

Lillian Hocker
Lillian Hocker
Lillian Hocker is a seasoned technology journalist and analyst, specializing in the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital culture. With over a decade of experience, Lillian has contributed insightful articles to leading tech publications. Her work dives deep into emerging technologies, startup ecosystems, and the impact of digital transformation on industries worldwide. Prior to her career in journalism, she worked as a software engineer at a Silicon Valley startup, giving her firsthand experience of the tech industry's rapid evolution.

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