Renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk has officially announced the establishment of a groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) company, xAI, following a series of hints about his plans to develop a rival to ChatGPT. With a team of twelve experts, Musk will lead xAI in close collaboration with Twitter’s X division, Tesla, and other enterprises, as they strive to advance their shared mission.
The core objective of xAI, as stated on its website, is to unravel the true nature of the universe, echoing Musk’s previous statements about his AI ambitions. While Musk was an early supporter of OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, he later criticized the company for implementing safeguards aimed at preventing biased or sexist responses from the AI chatbot.
Musk expressed concern about training AI to conform to a specific ideology, describing it as perilous. He tweeted in December, responding to a user’s question to OpenAI’s CEO, that “the danger of training AI to be woke – in other words, lie – is deadly.” In April, during an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Musk teased his plans for a new AI venture, revealing intentions to develop “TruthGPT,” an AI system focused on seeking maximum truth and understanding of the universe.
Musk’s announcement comes in the wake of his previous warnings about the potential destructive impact of AI on civilization. Alongside other tech leaders, he has called for a pause in the “out of control” race towards AI development. While details about xAI’s specific mission remain limited, the company is actively recruiting new team members, although currently, all twelve showcased on the website are men.
This latest venture by Musk arrives at a critical juncture for the entrepreneur. Following his acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion in October, the social media platform now faces an uncertain future as Meta, a competitor, released Threads, an alternative app that quickly amassed over 100 million sign-ups within a week. Reports have also indicated a decline in Twitter’s usage.
Musk’s actions on Twitter, which involved downsizing the staff, implementing controversial policy changes, and making provocative remarks, have caused discontent among certain users and advertisers. Alongside Twitter, Musk continues to lead a variety of other companies, such as Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company.
Stay tuned for more updates on the remarkable journey of xAI as it delves into the mysteries of the universe under the guidance of Elon Musk, pushing the boundaries of AI exploration and understanding.