Elon Musk is stepping down from the board of Open AI – the AI ethics research group he co-founded – to preempt a future conflict of interest.
An Open AI blog revealed today that several new donors were joining the project, and that LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman would be significantly boosting his contribution. But it added that Musk would be leaving the board, while continuing to donate to the project:
“Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organization. As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon.”
Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 with venture capitalist Sam Altman, and has been one of the most prominent critics of AI in recent years, warning that it is “probably humanity’s biggest existential threat”.