Elon Musk on Wednesday July 12, announced the formation of a new company focused on artificial intelligence, after months of teasing plans to build a rival to ChatGPT.
A website and a team of twelve employees were unveiled by the company, which is called xAI. According to the website, Musk will lead the new company, which “will work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla, and other companies to make progress toward their mission.”
“The goal of xAI is to understand the true nature of the universe,” the website states, echoing language Musk has used before to describe his AI ambitions.
Musk initially supported OpenAI, the company that developed ChatGPT, but he later criticized the company for implementing safeguards to stop the viral chatbot from responding in a sexist or biased manner.
In December, Musk tweeted,
“The danger of training AI to be woke – in other words, lie – is deadly,” responding to a Twitter user who asked OpenAI’s CEO if it was possible to “turn off the woke settings” on ChatGPT.
“We’re going to start something which I call TruthGPT,” he said, describing it as a “maximum truth-seeking AI” that “cares about understanding the universe.”, said back in an interview back in April 2023.
Musk’s declaration of the new organization comes a very long time after he cautioned in an interview that, he figures man-made intelligence could cause “civilization destruction” and joined other tech leaders in calling for a pause in an “out of control” AI race.
Not many different details on the organization’s main goal were promptly accessible, however the site shows it is effectively employing staff. Right now, every one of the dozen staff members on the site have all the earmarks of being only men.
Twitter, which Elon Musk bought for $44 billion in October, now faces an uncertain future as a result of Meta’s launch of a rival app called Threads, according to a new lawsuit. In less than a week, more than 100 million people signed up for Meta. Meanwhile, there were multiple reports of Twitter’s usage declining.
The disturbance at Twitter comes after months of Musk alienating some users and advertisers by slashing staff, pushing through controversial policy changes and making a number of incendiary remarks.
In addition to Twitter, Musk runs several other companies, including Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company.