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Elon Musk Sues OpenAI And CEO Sam Altman, Claiming Betrayal Of Its Goal To Benefit Humanity

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Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, for what he claims is a violation of the ChatGPT maker’s basic mission of benefitting humanity over profit.

In a complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court, billionaire Musk claimed that when he funded OpenAI’s founding, he had an agreement with Altman and the president, Greg Brockman, to keep the AI firm as a nonprofit that would develop technology for the benefit of the public.

According to the lawsuit, OpenAI’s founding agreement required it to make its code available to the public rather than keeping it hidden for the benefit of any private corporation.

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Elon Musk Sues OpenAI And CEO Sam Altman, Claiming Betrayal Of Its Goal To Benefit Humanity

However, Musk claims in the lawsuit that by pursuing a strong relationship with Microsoft, OpenAI and its top officials have set that pact “afire” and are “perverting” the company’s objective.

OpenAI declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday.

“OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft,” according to the lawsuit that was filed on Thursday. “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.”

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) refers to general-purpose AI systems that can perform as well as — or better than — humans in a wide range of tasks.

Musk is suing for breach of contract, fiduciary duty, and unfair commercial practices. He also seeks an injunction prohibiting anyone, including Microsoft, from benefiting from OpenAI’s technology.

Musk was an early investor in OpenAI, created in 2015, and co-chaired its board with Altman. Musk’s lawsuit stated that he committed “tens of millions” of dollars to the nonprofit research institute.

Musk resigned from the board in early 2018, which OpenAI claimed would prevent conflicts of interest because the Tesla CEO was recruiting AI expertise to develop self-driving technology at the electric car manufacturer. “This will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon,” OpenAI wrote in a February 2018 blog post. Musk has since stated concerns with the startup’s direction, although he continues to donate to the foundation.

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Elon Musk Sues OpenAI And CEO Sam Altman, Claiming Betrayal Of Its Goal To Benefit Humanity

Later that year, OpenAI filed papers to create a for-profit arm and began transferring most of its workers to that firm while maintaining a nonprofit board of directors to administer the company. Microsoft made its initial $1 billion investment in the startup in 2019 and negotiated an agreement granting the software giant exclusive rights to its AI models the following year. According to the corporation, the license will expire whenever OpenAI achieves artificial general intelligence.

Its release of ChatGPT in late 2022 cemented OpenAI’s global reputation and sparked a race among tech businesses to capitalize on the public’s enthusiasm for the technology.

When the nonprofit board abruptly ousted Altman as CEO late last year for reasons that have yet to be fully disclosed, Microsoft was instrumental in driving the push to reinstate Altman as CEO and force the resignation of the majority of the old board. Musk’s complaint claimed that these modifications led the checks and balances that protect the nonprofit goal to “collapse overnight.”

One of Musk’s arguments is that the nonprofit’s directors have failed to respect their commitments to carry out its mission, but Dana Brakman Reiser, a professor at Brooklyn Law School, questions Musk’s standing to make that claim.

“It would be very worrisome if every person who cared about or donated to a charity could suddenly sue their directors and officers to say, ‘You’re not doing what I think is the right thing to run this nonprofit,'” she told me. In general, she stated that only other directors or the attorney general may file such a claim.

Even if Musk participated in the for-profit firm, his criticism is that the group is profiting too much, which contradicts its objective of making its technologies openly available.

“I care about organizations genuinely carrying out their missions rather than being seized for commercial purposes. “That is a legitimate concern,” Brakman Reiser stated. “Whether Elon Musk is the person to raise that claim, I’m less sure.”

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Elon Musk Sues OpenAI And CEO Sam Altman, Claiming Betrayal Of Its Goal To Benefit Humanity

Whatever the legal merits of the accusations, a looming lawsuit battle between Musk and Altman might provide the public with insight into OpenAI’s internal arguments and decision-making, though the company’s lawyers will likely try to keep some of those records private.

“The discovery will be epic,” venture entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya wrote on Musk’s social media site X on Friday. Musk responded with his only public statement on the case thus far: “Yes.”

SOURCE – (AP)

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

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TOKYO — Sony, a Japanese electronics and entertainment company, says it will focus on innovation in movies, animation, and video games rather than traditional gadgetry.

Its CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, described the company’s plan Thursday, saying Sony was assisting creative workers in delivering what he called “kando,” a moving experience.

Yoshida would not comment on claims that Tokyo-based Sony and Apollo Global Management are interested in acquiring Paramount Global.

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

Yoshida stated that the business now focuses on the creative process rather than valuing prior items such as the Walkman portable music player and Trinitron color televisions. He stated that “synergies” are no longer defined by entertainment and electronics but by intellectual property encompassing animation, music, gaming, and films.

In an online briefing, he stated, “We will continue to support people’s creativity through our technology.”

Sony is adapting to harsher circumstances, as competitors produce cheaper but competitive gadgets. According to critics, pursuing careers in film, music, and other forms of entertainment can be financially difficult.

Beginning with the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing in 2018, Sony has invested over 1.5 trillion yen ($10 billion) in the last six years to boost its content creation.

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

In 2021, it bought Crunchyroll, which has over 13 million paid customers and distributes Japanese cartoons worldwide. Another was Yoasobi, a Japanese music duet that uses Vocaloid technology, or singing voice synthesizer software, and has gained a global following.

Sony’s real-time computer technology, which records “this moment,” as Yoshida called it, is employed in sports cameras because it can catch fast-moving subjects without distortion

According to Yoshida, it is also utilized for news coverage and editing, 3D video and computer graphics, including successful movies like “Godzilla Minus One” and games based on human athlete movements

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

Sony recently recorded a quarterly profit of 189 billion yen ($1.2 billion), up from 141 billion yen the year before. The PlayStation gaming machine manufacturer’s quarterly revenue increased 14% to 3.48 trillion yen ($22 billion).

However, for the fiscal year ending March 31, Sony’s profit fell 3% to 970 billion yen ($6.2 billion) due to poor performance in its financial services sector, which will be largely split off next year.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Harvard University planned to host its commencement ceremony on Thursday, following a weeks-long pro-Palestinian encampment that closed off Harvard Yard to save individuals with university links and heightened campus tensions.

Those tensions were heightened on Wednesday when school authorities revealed that 13 Harvard students who participated in the encampment would not be permitted to graduate alongside their classmates.

Those in the encampment demanded a cease-fire in Gaza and Harvard’s divestment from firms that support the war.

Also on Thursday, Northwestern and Rutgers University presidents are scheduled to speak before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on concessions they made to pro-Palestinian protesters to cease campus rallies. The Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, was also due to attend the most recent hearings looking into how universities have responded to the protests and charges of antisemitism.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

The decision by the school’s top governing board comes after faculty members recommended on Monday that the 13 students be allowed to graduate despite their participation in the encampment.

However, Harvard’s governing board, the Harvard Corporation, stated that each 13 had been determined to have violated university standards during the camping protest.

“In coming to this determination, we note that the express provisions of the Harvard College Student Handbook state that students who are not in good standing are not eligible for degrees,” the company stated in a written statement.

The statement did not rule out the possibility of an appeals procedure, stating that the corporation knows “that the inability to graduate is consequential for students and their families” and supports the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ goal to accelerate the examination of appeal requests.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

“We care deeply about every member of our community — students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni — and we have chosen a path forward that accords with our responsibilities and reaffirms a process for our students to receive prompt and fair review,” said the statement.

Protesters packed up their things and departed a pro-Palestinian campsite at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Thursday after the school announced a decision to have police clear the area

Supporters of the students said that the decision not to allow them to earn degrees at commencement violated a May 14 agreement between interim President Alan Garber and the Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine alliance, which would have allowed them to graduate.

Protesters opposing Israel’s war with Hamas willingly demolished their tents after university administrators agreed to hear their concerns over the endowment, bringing a peaceful end to the types of demonstrations that were broken up by police on other campuses.

The group issued a statement late Wednesday, claiming that the decision jeopardizes the 13 students’ post-graduate careers.

“By rejecting a democratic faculty vote, the Corporation has proved itself to be a wholly illegitimate body, and Garber an illegitimate president, accountable to no one at the university,” claimed the organization.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

“Today’s actions have plunged the university even further into a crisis of legitimacy and governance, which will have major repercussions for Harvard in the coming months and years,” claimed the organization.

Supporters of the protestors planned a vigil outside Harvard Yard on Thursday to support the 13 and urge for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Protesters packed up their things and departed a pro-Palestinian campsite at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Thursday after the school announced a decision to have police clear the area. A wave of pro-Palestinian tent encampments on college campuses has resulted in over 3,000 arrests nationally.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

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NEW YORK  — Mastercard said Wednesday that it hopes to detect that your credit or debit card number has been compromised long before it falls into the hands of a cybercriminal.

Mastercard’s most recent software upgrade incorporates artificial intelligence into its fraud-prediction system, which it hopes will allow banks to replace stolen cards before criminals use them.

“Generative AI is going to allow us to figure out where you possibly got your credentials compromised, how we can identify how it happened, and how we can very quickly remedy that situation not only for you, but also for other customers who don’t know they are compromised yet,” said Johan Gerber, executive vice president of security and cyber innovation at Mastercard, in an interview.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

Mastercard, based in Purchase, New York, says that with this new update, it can use other patterns or contextual information, such as geography, time, and addresses, and combine it with incomplete but compromised credit card numbers that appear in databases, allowing it to reach cardholders sooner and replace the bad card.

The patterns can now be applied in reverse, potentially employing batches of faulty cards to identify potentially hacked businesses or payment processors. According to Gerber, pattern identification goes beyond what humans can perform with database queries or other typical approaches.

Billions of stolen credit and debit card numbers are floating on the dark web, ready for purchase by any thief. Most were stolen from merchants in data breaches over the years, but a substantial number were stolen from unwary customers who used their credit or debit cards at the incorrect gas station, ATM, or online shop.

These compromised cards may go undiscovered for weeks, months, or even years. Only when the payment networks themselves dig into the dark web to look for stolen numbers, a merchant discovers a breach, or a criminal uses a card do the payment networks, and banks realize a batch of cards may be compromised.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

“We can now actually proactively reach out to the banks to make sure that we service that consumer and get them a new card in her or his hands so they can go about their lives with as little disruption as possible,” Gerber stated.

The payment networks are primarily attempting to transition away from “static” credit card or debit card numbers — card numbers and expiration dates that are used consistently across all businesses — and toward unique numbers for specific transactions. However, that transformation could take years, especially in the United States, where payment technology uptake is typically slow.

While chip cards are currently used in more than 90% of all in-person transactions worldwide, EMVCo, the technological body behind the chip in credit and debit cards, estimates that the proportion in the United States is closer to 70%.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

Mastercard’s announcement comes as its main competitor, Visa Inc., looks for ways to force users to discard their 16-digit credit and debit card numbers. Visa revealed big changes to how credit and debit cards will work in the United States last week, implying that Americans will carry fewer physical cards in their wallets and that the 16-digit credit or debit card number inscribed on each card will become less relevant.

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