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Elon Musk's xAI launches Grok - AI model with 'bit of wit'

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Elon Musk has launched his own ChatGPT competitor ‘Grok’ , an AI model which borrows its name from science fiction writer Robert E Heinlein and boasts of having a "bit of wit” and a "rebellious streak."

Grok has been built at xAI, a Musk-founded lab, launched to compete with OpenAI, Google and other market players already ahead in the game with their own AI chatbots, which are much more advanced at this stage than Grok.

"Grok is an AI modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask!

"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!

"A unique and fundamental advantage of Grok is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the 𝕏 platform. It will also answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.

"Grok is still a very early beta product – the best we could do with 2 months of training – so expect it to improve rapidly with each passing week with your help," xAI wrote in a blog on its website.

If its claims are to be believed, which is only reasonable since Musk is a common factor between the two entities, Grok, once fully launched, will end up having an edge over the other similar AI models in its ability to glean information – such as breaking news – from X and help users – a prospect denied to other chatbots since they rely mostly on published news which take some time to be cooked.

According to xAI, work on Grok began four months back and the beta version is only limited for testing by some privileged users in the US.

"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," it said.

During trials, the firm tested Grok on middle schools math word problems, multiple choice questions, python, and middle and high school math problems, and ended up faring better than its own earlier version – Grok-0 --, Meta’s Llama 2, Inflection 1, and GPT-3.5.

The model, on all four counts listed above, scored less than Google's Palm 2, Anthropic's Claude 2, and GPT-4, all of which, according to xAI, were trained on "significantly larger amount of training data and compute resources."

Musk has in the past criticised OpenAI's move to become a for-profit entity.

Musk, one of the founders of OpenAI with Sam Altman, its current boss, quit the organisation in 2018, apparently to focus on his other ventures. He has since voiced concerns about the rapid pace of AI development, and at one time called for a moratorium of six months on any further developments into the technology.

In an interview with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last week near London, Musk called AI a big threat to humanity, if allowed a wild, reckless run, comparing it with a magic genie, which grants all your wishes only for you to see them getting subverted in the end.

"I think we are seeing the most destructive force in history here... there will come a point when no job is needed... You can have a job if you want to have a job for personal satisfaction... but AI will be able to do everything.

The Tesla boss said "One of the challenges in the future will be how to find meaning in life... I don't know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing."


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