Why Musk Threatens to Sue Microsoft?
Elon Musk, the business tycoon and Twitter CEO, just announced his plans to release his own version of ChatGPT, and he is now threatening to sue Microsoft. The business tycoon claimed that the related software giant used the social media company’s data illegally to train its artificial intelligence model.
Musk apparently made the threat after reports arose about Microsoft’s plan to ban Twitter from its advertising network. Ad purchasers may manage all of their social media accounts in one location because they are part of Microsoft’s advertising platform. Musk stated on Twitter
“They trained illegally using Twitter data,” said one tweet, which was followed by another that said, “Lawsuit time.”
Data Ownership in AI
Prior to being the CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk has been the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, where he often tweets about plans that never come to fruition, and no lawsuit appears to have been filed. A request for comment regarding his most recent tweets received no relevant response from Twitter’s press line, and a Microsoft official declined to comment.
Musk’s tweet criticizing Microsoft is the most recent evidence that the race for generative AI is turning data ownership into a contentious battleground. The fact that numerous major technology companies are preparing to create their own cutting-edge AI models, like OpenAI’s GPT, and that data owners are attempting to stop them or charge for usage of their content, has previously dominated headlines.
It is important to note that Microsoft has created its own ‘big language models’ and offers access to OpenAI’s models for a fee. In an unusually structured arrangement, the relevant tech company invested $10 billion in OpenAI last year.
But it’s also important to remember that Musk co-founded OpenAI before stepping down from its board in 2018. In light of the company’s transition from a nonprofit model to a highly valued business inspired by Microsoft, the business tycoon is now understood to have been grumbling.