OpenAI has released Elon Musk’s emails, stating, “We’re disappointed that it has reached this point.”

OpenAI has responded to Elon Musk, who recently sued the company for prioritizing profits over its original nonprofit mission. OpenAI has published some of Musk’s early emails, which suggest he recognized the need for substantial funding to support the company’s ambitious AI projects.

In the emails, Musk argued that OpenAI could not rely solely on fundraising and needed to explore additional revenue streams to succeed. He suggested a funding commitment of over $1 billion, promising to cover any shortfall.

Despite Musk’s assurances, he ultimately provided $45 million in funding, while other donors contributed $90 million. Musk later proposed that Tesla acquire OpenAI, but the company declined, leading to Musk’s departure in 2018.

In a 2018 email, Musk expressed skepticism about OpenAI’s future relevance without significant changes in execution and resources, stating it would require billions per year to succeed.

In response to Musk’s lawsuit, OpenAI stated that it has not deviated from its mission and remains committed to product safety. The company plans to dismiss all of Musk’s claims, emphasizing that its technology benefits society. However, OpenAI expressed disappointment over Musk’s actions, noting his initial inspiration and subsequent legal action against the company.

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