Vinod Khosla slams Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI

Musk has responded to Khosla’s post saying that the latter doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Vinod Khosla (left) and Elon Musk (right) /

Indian-American businessman and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has criticized Elon Musk's move to challenge OpenAI in a lawsuit, calling it "a case of sour grapes.” 

Musk is a former co-founder of OpenAI, along with its chief executive officer CEO Sam Altman. Meanwhile, Khosla was the first venture capitalist to invest in OpenAI when the company switched from a non-profit to a private firm in 2019.

The Indian American criticized Musk over the lawsuit in a social media post, noting, “With Elon Musk, feels like a bit of sour grapes in suing OpenAI, not getting in early enough, not staying committed and now a rival effort. Like they say if you can't innovate, litigate and that's what we have here. Elon of old would be building with us to hit the same goal."

Responding to the tweet, Musk said, “Vinod doesn’t know what he is talking about here.”

Musk filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court, suing OpenAI and Altman for betraying  the intentions of the ChatGPT maker. The lawsuit claimed that OpenAI is focusing more on profits rather than benefiting humanity. 

The lawsuit also alleges a breach of contract, claiming that Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman originally approached Musk to make an open-source, non-profit company, which is now focused on making money.

"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," the lawsuit said, as quoted in a Court House News report.

"Contrary to the founding agreement, defendants have chosen to use GPT-4 not for the benefit of humanity, but as proprietary technology to maximize profits for literally the largest company in the world," the lawsuit claimed.