– Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup company, xAI, will release its first AI model on November 4.
– The release will be limited to a select group of people.
– Musk believes that the AI model is the best currently available.
– xAI is run by former engineers from Microsoft, Google, and OpenAI.
– Musk’s vision for the company is to create a good AGI that seeks to understand the universe and is different from problematic tech from companies like Microsoft and Google.
– AGI refers to artificial general intelligence that has intelligence comparable to or beyond that of a normal human being.
– xAI may reveal a chatbot called “ChatX,” but it is unlikely to be as advanced as Google Bard or ChatGPT.
– Musk wants an alternative to ChatGPT that focuses on providing “truth,” but his definition of truth may be questionable.
– Musk has criticized the rapid development of generative AI models and called for a pause on AI training, which did not happen.
– Musk’s management of Twitter has complied with censorship requests, raising doubts about his definition of truth.
– The intentions of xAI will be known soon, but expectations should not be too high.
Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup company, xAI, will debut its first long-awaited AI model on Saturday, November 4.
The billionaire made the announcement on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) stating the tech will be released to a “select group” of people. He even boasts that “in some important respects, it is the best that currently exists.”
It’s been a while since we’ve last heard anything from xAI. The startup hit the scene back in July, revealing it’s run by a team of former engineers from Microsoft, Google, and even OpenAI. Shortly after the debut on July 14, Musk held a 90-minute-long Twitter Spaces chat where he talked about his vision for the company. During the chat, Musk stated his startup will seek to create “a good AGI with the overarching purpose of just trying to understand the universe”. He wants it to run contrary to what he believes is problematic tech from the likes of Microsoft and Google.
Yet another chatbot
AGI stands for artificial general intelligence, and it’s the concept of an AI having “intelligence” comparable to or beyond that of a normal human being. The problem is that it’s more of an idea of what AI could be rather than a literal piece of technology. Even Wired in their coverage of AGIs states there’s “no concrete definition of the term”.
So does this mean xAI will reveal some kind of super-smart model that will help humanity as well as be able to hold conversations like a sci-fi movie? No, but that could be the lofty end goal for Elon Musk and his team. We believe all we’ll see on November 5 is a simple chatbot like ChatGPT. Let’s call it “ChatX” since the billionaire has an obsession with the letter “X”.
Does “ChatX” even stand a chance against the likes of Google Bard or ChatGPT? The latter has been around for almost a year now and has seen multiple updates becoming more refined each time. Maybe xAI has solved the hallucination problem. That’ll be great to see. Unfortunately, it’s possible ChatX could just be another vehicle for Musk to spread his ideas/beliefs.
Analysis: A personal truth spinner
Musk has talked about wanting to have an alternative to ChatGPT that focuses on providing the “truth”, whatever that means. Musk has been a vocal critic of how fast companies have been developing their own generative AI models with seemingly reckless abandon. He even called for a six-month pause on AI training in March. Obviously, that didn’t happen as the technology advanced by leaps and bounds since then.
It’s worth mentioning that Twitter, under Musk’s management, has been known to comply with censorship requests by governments from around the world, so Musk’s definition of truth seems dubious at best. Either way, we’ll know soon enough what the team’s intentions are. Just don’t get your hopes up.
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AI Eclipse TLDR:
Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence (AI) startup company, xAI, is set to release its first AI model on November 4. Musk made the announcement on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, stating that the tech will be shared with a select group of people. He claims that the model is the best currently available in certain important aspects. xAI, which is run by former engineers from Microsoft, Google, and OpenAI, aims to create artificial general intelligence (AGI) that can understand the universe and provide “truth” in contrast to what Musk perceives as problematic technology from Microsoft and Google.
However, AGI is more of an idea than a concrete technology, and there is no clear definition of the term. It is unlikely that xAI will unveil a super-smart model capable of holding conversations like in a sci-fi movie. Instead, it is speculated that the release on November 5 will be a simple chatbot named “ChatX.” It remains to be seen how ChatX will compare to existing chatbots like Google Bard or ChatGPT, which have been refined over time.
Musk has expressed a desire for an alternative to ChatGPT that focuses on providing the “truth.” He has criticized the rapid development of generative AI models and even called for a pause on AI training earlier this year. However, it is worth noting that Twitter, under Musk’s management, has complied with censorship requests from governments, raising doubts about Musk’s definition of truth. The true intentions of the xAI team will become clearer in due course.