Elon Musk announced on Sunday that his artificial intelligence startup, xAI, will be incorporated into his social media platform X and will also be offered as a separate application. Musk also mentioned that xAI has unveiled its initial AI model, a chatbot named Grok, which was made accessible to all X Premium+ subscribers on Friday.
The primary objective of this startup is to develop AI tools that aid humanity in its pursuit of comprehension and knowledge. Musk described Grok as being designed to provide answers to questions with a touch of humor.
Musk, who has been critical of the AI initiatives of major technology companies for their censorship practices, introduced xAI in July. He described it as a “maximum truth-seeking AI” with the goal of comprehending the universe, positioning it as a competitor to Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Bing AI.
Musk emphasized that Grok enjoys a significant advantage over other models because it has instant access to real-time information through the X platform. It’s worth noting that X, the social media company previously known as Twitter and owned by Musk, operates independently from xAI, but the two companies have a strong collaborative relationship. Additionally, xAI collaborates with Musk’s electric car manufacturer, Tesla, as well as other businesses.
Musk conveyed to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last week that he believed AI represented “the most transformative force in history.” He speculated that this technology had the potential to handle a wide range of tasks, potentially rendering contemporary employment obsolete. Musk shared these thoughts during the inaugural global AI Safety Summit, held at Bletchley Park, England.
Back in 2015, Musk played a role in establishing OpenAI, the organization responsible for ChatGPT, which has garnered significant attention worldwide for its generative AI capabilities. However, he resigned from the board of OpenAI in 2018.
Reported by Urvi Dugar in Bengaluru; Edited by Richard Chang.