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273 Co-Founder, Jillian Bommarito, Appears on BBC to Discuss Musk vs OpenAI Lawsuit

273 Ventures Chief Risk Officer on the BBC World Business Report

273 Ventures Chief Risk Officer on the BBC World Business Report

On February 29th, Elon Musk sued OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, in California Superior Court in San Francisco, alleging that they deviated from the company’s original non-profit, open-source mission aimed at developing artificial intelligence for humanity’s benefit rather than for profit. This action marks an escalation in Musk’s previously expressed concerns, accusing OpenAI of prioritizing financial gains over public good, particularly after the release of GPT-4 as a product closely associated with Microsoft.

273 Ventures’ co-founder and Chief Risk Officer, Jillian Bommarito, CPA, CIPP/US/E, was asked by the BBC World Business Report to offer insights into the possible reasons behind Elon Musk’s lawsuit against OpenAI.

Jillian suggested three plasuible motives -

  • First, with the advent of Google Gemini’s 1.5 and rumors of an imminent GPT-5 release, Musk might be aiming to prevent OpenAI’s technologies, particularly GPT-5, from becoming exclusive to Microsoft.

  • Second, the lawsuit could be part of Musk’s strategy to secure funding for his own AI company, xAI, making financial reasons the primary motivation behind the move.

  • Third, it may be a traditional business dispute. Jillian notes OpenAI’s evolution from a completely open-source, non-profit entity to one that has become more closed over time. Compare the release of GPT-2 in 2019 to the release of GPT-4 in 2023; both the research and model weights of GPT-2 were made open but neither have been made public for GPT-4. This shift conflicts with the organization’s founding principles and could be at the heart of Musk’s legal challenge.

Musk vs OpenAI Lawsuit

To hear Jillian further explain plausible reasons last week’s lawsuit was filed, jump ahead to 1:30 of BBC World Business Report.


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