Elon Musk on Sam Altman and ChatGPT: I am the reason OpenAI exists

Published 2023-05-16
Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk sits down with CNBC’s David Faber for an exclusive interview from Austin, Texas, during Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: cnb.cx/2NGeIvi 

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All Comments (21)
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  • @jeffthompson1869
    Musk was an initial investor in Open AI - after criticizing AI dooming the planet. On the board - he did not like the direction and tried unsuccessfully to take over the company in 2018. He also did not like OpenAI's hiring practices. In 2020, Musk left the company and sold his stock citing a conflict of interest with Tesla AI. In November 2022, OpenAI's first chatbot was released to the public. The technology was soon incorporated into Microsoft's Bing search engine as ChatGPT4. OpenAI has been profitable since its start in 2015, but has increased its loses from the release of ChatGPT. Musk was one of 11 board members who started the company in 2015.
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  • @JosephParker7
    Well, fortunately the other open-source projects are catching up pretty rapidly. It's a few companies against a large group of well intended researchers and engineers. Unless there's some shady government intervention, they should eventually triumph
  • Mr Elon Musk is completely right...how could he have made an open source AI to balance the monopoly of AI in the world and now it has been turned into the complete opposite for what was intended.
  • Very grateful for the sincerity and super happy if capable, trustworthy and genuine professionals would all work together with you to ensure AI benefits humanity🙏
  • @seikojin
    Even worse than MS cutting off OpenAI, MS could demand bias in the training to lean towards some profit goal. And since it is protected/closed, no one would be able to infer it without some legal junction.
  • @Tom0000
    I took an entrepreneurship class at UCLA where the professor actually recommended starting the business as a non-profit and switching to C-corp status once the business is on the cusp of being cash-flow positive. Business 101.
  • @marcs4128
    Companies can switch from "closed source for profit" to "open sourced non-profit" too. There is nothing illegal about it, the money was given without conditions. It's like complaining that something was not in a contract but you still thought you would get it.

    He basically regrets letting go of the company now that is successful. He didn't see them competing against Google so moved on, didn't anticipate them going closed source for profit and becoming successful. Despite the fact that his hugely successful, he can't come to terms with the fact that he's not a psychic visionary people seem to think he is.

    Google, Facebook/Meta, and even Microsoft all had moments in their existence when someone could have bought them out had that person/company not faltered at the last moment. Nobody bats 1000.
  • @YeeLeeHaw
    He could easily support true open-source A.I. projects like OpenAssistant, etc. and hopefully make those the leader.
  • @louis-we3yi
    God that man is Amazing. What a time to be alive. Elon Musk is an actual admirable human being. To have such a brain. He is so thoughtful. Also, I'm so happy he purged the staff that was censoring the truth. ELON you are hero to everyone who is awake. Buying twitter was an investment that was invaluable.
  • @lucas_254
    Very nice interview. Asking questions that actually matter
  • Elon taking all the credit for a project other people have done for 8 years is remarkable. They did it before they met him as a world renowned specialists, they are doing well without him, yet he believes it wouldn't exist if not for his effort.
  • @briancase6180
    It's true Microsoft could "cut off" openai from their infrastructure. But openai retains their rights to the models and weights and data sets. So, if Microsoft "cut off" openai, they could seek another partner. And I think they would have offers.
  • @csp77
    Open AI should be there for ever, it takes the creativity to the next level.
  • @DJPapzin
    He should continue to support open source projects, they are growing at a faster rate, you can have another openAI in 3 months with GPT5 qualities
  • @doggygaming950
    Incredible. Elon tried to give AI to the people he knows it will make economically insignificant.
  • @GOD999MODE
    Elon's always carried whatever emotions he has on his sleeve. I respect the fact that he tries to speak very openly and clearly about what he sees and thinks is going on.

    But it would be an understatement to say he doesn't have some agenda of his own in all of this.
  • @Oli-ie7nf
    As much as I love Elon Musk this sounds as he wants to solidify his name in History of AI
  • @fleischwolf82
    It's not so uncommon as many think. A lot of research in all fields be it CS, machine engineering, medicine, biotech, pharma is done by non-profit/state universities or research institutes. When something valuable is found, its spin-off into a private for profit company or existing company buys the IP. Those deals are always in favor of the investors.