Why Elon Musk Is Stepping Down from AI Safety Group He Co-Founded

Feb 22, 2018

By Jeanna Bryner

Entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk may have a little more time on his hands (maybe), as he’s departing his spot on the board of the artificial-intelligence safety group OpenAI, according to a blog post.

The departure is likely the result of Tesla’s move into the realm of A.I., which he said in 2017 would be the “best in the world” and would even be able to “predict your destination.”

Musk will continue to “donate and advise the organization,” OpenAI said in a blog post Feb. 20, adding that “As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon.”

Musk and Y Combinator CEO Sam Altman co-founded the nonprofit venture in December 2015, with backing from the likes of Peter Thiel (an early backer of Facebook), Reid Hoffman (who co-founded LinkedIn), Jessica Livingston (founding partner of Y Combinator), Greg Brockman and computer scientist Ilya Sutskever, according to the OpenAI website.

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