OpenAI Reveals Elon Musk’s Emails, Challenges His Lawsuit Against the Company

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research organization co-founded by Elon Musk, has published a blog post containing several emails that allegedly show Musk’s involvement and consent in the company’s transition to a for-profit entity. The blog post is a response to Musk’s lawsuit against OpenAI, in which he claims that the company breached its original agreement and vision to be a non-profit and open-source entity. The emails, however, suggest that Musk was aware and supportive of the company’s for-profit shift, and even proposed to merge it with Tesla, his electric car company.

The Background of the Lawsuit

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, filed a lawsuit against OpenAI on February 25, 2024, in the Delaware Court of Chancery. In the lawsuit, Musk claims that he and other early backers of OpenAI agreed to create a non-profit and open-source organization that would pursue the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI), or human-level intelligence, in a safe and ethical manner. Musk also claims that he donated $100 million to the organization, and that he was promised to have a say in its governance and direction.

However, Musk alleges that OpenAI deviated from its original mission and values, and became a for-profit and closed-source entity, without his consent or knowledge. Musk accuses OpenAI of accepting a $1 billion investment from Microsoft in 2023, and of creating a for-profit subsidiary called OpenAI LP, which owns and controls most of the organization’s assets and intellectual property. Musk also accuses OpenAI of withholding and restricting access to its research and technology, such as GPT-4, a powerful natural language processing system that can generate coherent and realistic text.


Musk seeks to invalidate the for-profit structure of OpenAI, and to restore its non-profit and open-source status. He also seeks to recover his donation and to regain his influence and control over the organization. He claims that OpenAI’s for-profit shift is detrimental to the public interest and to the advancement of AGI.

The Response of OpenAI

OpenAI, on the other hand, denies Musk’s allegations and defends its for-profit structure. In a blog post published on March 2, 2024, OpenAI reveals several emails that it claims were sent between Musk and other co-founders and board members of the organization, between 2015 and 2018. The emails, according to OpenAI, show that Musk was fully aware and supportive of the company’s for-profit shift, and that he even suggested to merge it with Tesla or to have full control over it.

The blog post also claims that Musk did not donate $100 million to the organization, but only $45 million, and that he was not promised to have a say in its governance and direction. The blog post also claims that Musk left OpenAI in 2018, saying that he wanted to create his own AGI competitor within Tesla, and that he would be supportive of OpenAI finding its own path.

OpenAI argues that its for-profit structure is necessary and beneficial for its mission and vision, as it allows it to raise more funds, attract more talent, and scale up its research and technology. OpenAI also argues that it remains committed to its non-profit and open-source values, and that it shares most of its work and technology with the public and the research community. OpenAI also argues that its for-profit structure is aligned with its goal of creating and ensuring the safe and ethical use of AGI.

The Implications of the Lawsuit

The lawsuit between Musk and OpenAI is a high-profile and high-stakes dispute that could have significant implications for the future of AI and AGI. The lawsuit could affect the ownership and the access of OpenAI’s research and technology, such as GPT-4, which is widely regarded as one of the most advanced and influential AI systems in the world. The lawsuit could also affect the reputation and the credibility of both parties, as well as their relationships and collaborations with other AI stakeholders and actors, such as Microsoft, Google, and the AI research community.

The lawsuit also reflects the broader and deeper issues and challenges that surround the development and the deployment of AI and AGI, such as the trade-offs between profit and public interest, between openness and secrecy, and between innovation and regulation. The lawsuit also raises questions and concerns about the ethics and the governance of AI and AGI, such as the accountability and the responsibility of the creators and the users of AI and AGI, and the alignment and the alignment of AI and AGI with human values and goals.

The lawsuit between Musk and OpenAI is likely to be a long and complex legal battle, that could have far-reaching and lasting consequences for the AI and AGI field and industry. The lawsuit could also set a precedent and a benchmark for other similar cases and conflicts that may arise in the future, as AI and AGI become more powerful and pervasive in society.

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