AI News Roundup – Musk sues OpenAI, Figure AI creates humanoid robots and more

Article co-written by Yuri Levin-Schwartz, Ph.D., a law clerk at MBHB.

To help you stay on top of the latest news, our AI practice group has compiled a roundup of the developments we are following.

    • Elon Musk has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California (San Francisco) against OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman and President Greg Brockman for straying away from the company’s nonprofit roots. The complaint alleges that OpenAI has breached its founding agreement between Musk, Altman, and Brockman by partnering with Microsoft to form a “closed-source de facto subsidiary.” The suit seeks to force OpenAI to “return to its mission to develop AGI [Artificial General Intelligence] for the benefit of humanity.”
    • Human-like robots with artificial intelligence (AI) for “brains?” Figure AI, a Silicon Valley startup making humanoid robots, has announced a $625 million funding round from a venture capital group that includes Microsoft/OpenAI, Nvidia and Jeff Bezos. The company’s Figure 01 robot is 5’6,” walks with two legs, has five hours of runtime and is intended to do manual labor tasks that currently rely on humans, all by using onboard AI systems. Figure AI states that its robots are designed to do the jobs that people don’t want or don’t have the skills for, and that they will eventually tackle more advanced tasks, such as caring for the elderly or cooking meals.
    • Brazilian lawmaker Antônio Luiz Rodrigues Mano Júnior has introduced a bill to amend Brazil’s IP statute to allow AI systems to be inventors on patent applications. The legislation is a little light on details regarding what entity would own the applications or patents that issue therefrom. So far most countries that have considered the issue of AI inventorship have come down against the concept based on historical or policy reasons.