OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman has shared insights into Elon Musk’s views on the company and its mission. Altman revealed that Musk initially believed OpenAI would fail and expressed a desire for total control.

In an interview with podcaster Lex Fridman, Altman stated, “Musk thought OpenAI was going to fail. He wanted total control to turn it around. We wanted to keep going in the direction that now has become OpenAI. He also wanted Tesla to be able to build an AGI effort.”

“At various times, he wanted to make OpenAI into a for-profit company that he could have control of or have it merge with Tesla. We didn’t want to do that, and he decided to leave, which is fine,” Altman added.

Altman emphasized that OpenAI remains committed to its original cause of providing powerful technology to the public for free. “We don’t run ads on our free version. We don’t monetise it in other ways. We just say it’s part of our mission. We want to put increasingly powerful tools in the hands of people for free and get them to use them,” Altman said.

Recently, Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Altman, alleging breaches of their original contractual agreements on AI. OpenAI responded, stating that Musk pushed for a for-profit structure, wanting either a merger with Tesla or full control.

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