Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, claimed to be "the reason OpenAI is here," referring his investment in the artificial-intelligence startup.
Musk stopped supporting OpenAI after a disagreement between him and senior executives about the pace and nature of technology advancement.
Tesla CEO David Faber made these comments during an interview with CNBC. He suggested that OpenAI was not doing enough to ensure the safety of AI development.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, claimed that he was "the reason OpenAI exists," citing a past investment in that entity. He also asserted that Microsoft controls the AI company.
CEO Satya Nadella.
Musk said to CNBC's David Faber, "I invented the name." Musk also claimed that he played a key role in the recruitment of scientists and engineers for the company.
Musk has repeatedly claimed that Microsoft controls OpenAI, and that the capped-profits model of OpenAI is questionable. Musk was an
OpenAI, the AI startup, committed to support the company with $1 billion before withdrawing due to disagreements about the pace of its advancements. He claimed to have invested around $50 million.
He also said that OpenAI did not place enough emphasis on AI safety development. Musk signed a March document.
Faber was told that the letter would not have any effect.
Musk, despite signing the letter, still incorporated a competing AI firm, X.AI in April.
Musk said that he signed the letter to warn of the dangers AI "for the record."
OpenAI's spokesperson was unavailable to comment immediately.
Musk also told Faber he was close with Larry Page, co-founder of Google. The two would often have long conversations about artificial intelligence.
Musk said Page was "quite careless" when it came to AI. Musk claimed that Page "didn't seem to care about AI safety" and added, "The last straw was Larry calling my a speciesist for being pro human consciousness instead of machine awareness."
Larry Page is not available to comment at this time.