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Why is Elon Musk suing OpenAI?

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Appetizer: Microsoft to launch Copilot for Finance 💰

Entrée: Elon Musk files lawsuit against OpenAI 🫵

Dessert: Inside the Beverly Hills Middle School deepfake scandal 😳


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What’s new? Microsoft is launching Copilot for Finance, an AI tool designed specifically for finance professionals.

What does it do? Copilot, already successful in general-purpose use with tailored versions for sales and customer service, will now tackle key financial tasks such as variance analysis, data reconciliation in Excel, and expediting the collections process in Outlook. Drawing on information from SAP and Microsoft Dynamics 365, the Copilot for Finance aims to streamline and enhance the efficiency of finance departments. The tool is expected to significantly reduce the hours spent on tedious tasks, allowing finance professionals to focus on more engaging and strategic contributions to their companies.


Tesla founder Elon Musk is originally from South Africa, which is strange … You’d think he was from mad-at-gas-car. 🚙

What’s new? Elon Musk has filed a lawsuit against Sam Altman and OpenAI, alleging a betrayal of the company’s foundational agreement to prioritize the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI) for the benefit of humanity over profit.

What are the allegations? Musk contends that OpenAI’s recent collaboration with Microsoft has transformed the company into a closed-source entity focused on maximizing profits rather than adhering to its original commitment to public, open-source AGI. Musk’s lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, includes claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair business practices. He seeks to revert OpenAI to an open-source model and requests an injunction to prevent the company, along with Altman, President Gregory Brockman, and Microsoft, from profiting off AGI technology.

“OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft. Under its new board, it is not just developing but is actually refining an AGI to maximize profits for Microsoft, rather than for the benefit of humanity.”

-Elon Musk

What else was said? The crux of Musk’s argument centers on OpenAI’s latest achievement, GPT-4, released in March 2023. While touted as a demonstration of AGI, Musk asserts that the closed nature of GPT-4 contradicts OpenAI’s initial commitment to openness, with Microsoft poised to profit substantially from its proprietary model. Furthermore, Musk highlights the 2023 firing and subsequent reinstatement of Altman as CEO, attributing the conflict to disagreements over GPT-4’s development and the potential risks it poses to public safety. He contends that the current board lacks the expertise necessary for AGI and AI public policy, having been replaced by a profit-driven CEO and board members without much nuanced understanding of the emerging technology.

Are deepfakes a rabbit hole too deep to climb out of? 🐇

What happened? School administrators at Beverly Vista Middle School in Beverly Hills, California recently discovered that some students had utilized AI to create fake nude photos of their classmates, sparking fear and concern within the community. This is now under non-criminal investigation from the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Is there a solution? The school district superintendent, Michael Bregy, addressed parents in a letter, describing the AI-generated nude photos as “a disturbing and unethical use of AI plaguing the nation.” Bregy has also called for urgent governmental action to regulate AI technology and protect children from potential misuse. He emphasized the importance of laws that not only punish offenders but also prevent the unethical use of evolving AI technologies. While California has a law allowing victims to sue creators and distributors of nonconsensual deepfake material, the application of these laws to the Beverly Hills case and other related AI cases remains unclear and inconsistent. Whether these deepfake problems have a solution remains to be seen. As the president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Mary Anne Franks, stated, “It’s hard to think about what justice would be for the students. The problem with image-based abuse is once the material is created and out there, even if you punish the people who created them, these images could be circulating forever.”


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