Touted as one of the big champions of AI (artificial intelligence), Tesla CEO Elon Musk has helped build a firm called OpenAI about five years ago.
Recently, it was revealed that Open AI was collaborating with Microsoft for an exclusive license deal for something dubbed GPT-3 language model. A Twitterati pointed this out to Musk, who seemed upset over the collaboration.
“Microsoft gets exclusive license for OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model”
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) September 24, 2020
“This does seem like the opposite of open. OpenAI is essentially captured by Microsoft,” the Tesla chief executive replied to the tweet.
For the uninitiated, OpenAI is a leading AI lab, that was founded in 2015 with Musk being one of the founding members, in addition to Microsoft. Musk decided to depart from the board in 2018.
“Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organization,” the board said about Musk’s exit. As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon,” it added.
In other words, Musk remained associated with the organization but has been critical of them. Earlier this year, he advised OpenAI to be more open, noting that the organization has “no control & only very limited insight into OpenAI.”
He was also cynical about OpenAI’s research director Dario Amodei, noting that his confidence in Amodei is not high. Referring to its partnership with OpenAI, Microsoft in a blog post wrote that it is teaming up with OpenAI to exclusively license GPT-3,” claiming this will allow the company to leverage OpenAI’s technical innovations to develop and deliver advanced AI solutions for its customers and create a new solution that adopts the amazing power of advanced natural language generation.
The tech giant touted their collaboration as an incredible opportunity to expand its Azure-powered AI platform that democratizes AI technology, paving the way for new products, services, and experiences, and increase the positive impact of AI at Scale.