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Elon Musk’s Grok AI Is An Ambitious Competitor To OpenAI’s ChatGPT

‘Our ultimate goal is for our AI tools to assist in the pursuit of understanding’

Elon Musk posted this image on X with the words, 'Would you like some tea?'

Twitter owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has officially announced Grok AI which is described as, “An AI modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” that’s designed to answer just about anything and can also suggest questions on what to ask. 

According to the announcement page, “Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humor!” The page also outlines some of the chatbot’s most, “Unique and fundamental advantages” as having real-time knowledge of the world and can also answer, “Spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.”

Musk’s xAI says that it is building Grok to create AI tools that can, “Assist humanity in its quest for understanding knowledge.” Although it’s still an early beta product, Grok is being improved by collecting input to ensure the development of AI tools will benefit humanity to the fullest extent. The company is also designing AI tools that cater to individuals from diverse backgrounds and political perspectives. 

“We want Grok to serve as a powerful research assistant for anyone, helping them to quickly access relevant information, process data, and come up with new ideas,” xAI wrote. The company says that it expects Grok to improve rapidly with each passing week. 

Early access 

xAI is allowing a limited number of users in the United States to try out the Grok prototype and provide valuable feedback that will help to improve its capabilities before a wider release. Individuals who are interested in using the chatbot can join the Grok waitlist here

Since the Grok announcement, Musk has taken to social media platform X to promote the AI system and poke fun at competitors such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. 

During a conversation with CNBC in May, Musk said, “I am the reason OpenAI exists.” Soon after, the Tesla man left the company in 2018 and has now re-entered the AI space with xAI. After the recent AI Safety Summit in the UK, Musk sat down with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a live discussion on artificial intelligence where the entrepreneur described AI as, “The most disruptive force in history.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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