Elon Musk Takes Aim at ChatGPT With Launch of Artificial Intelligence Firm xAI – On Wednesday, Elon Musk unveiled xAI, his highly anticipated artificial intelligence startup, which aims to rival and disrupt leading US technology companies like Google and Microsoft in the development of an alternative to ChatGPT. Musk has consistently expressed concerns about the destructive potential of AI, advocating for a pause in the race among tech giants to develop the technology.
He believes that this pause is necessary to allow for the establishment of regulations in the industry. The reason for the launch of xAI is “to understand the true nature of the universe,” said Musk, who also co-founded OpenAI but later left the startup credited with sparking the generative AI frenzy.
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Dan Hendrycks, the director of the Center for AI Safety, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mitigating the potential hazards of AI, will be serving as an advisor to xAI.
The team of xAI consists of a number of former engineers and scientists from renowned technology companies such as Google (owned by Alphabet), Microsoft, and OpenAI.
“We have worked on and led the development of some of the largest breakthroughs in the field including AlphaStar, GPT-3.5, and GPT-4,” the startup said on its website. The company is actively seeking skilled engineers and researchers to join its technical staff in the Bay Area and will be hosting a Twitter Spaces event on Friday.
As stated on the website, Musk’s startup will have close collaborations with his other ventures, including Twitter and Tesla. Despite the announcement, Tesla shares exhibited minimal response and were trading with a 1.5% increase, indicating that investors do not view the startup as a potential distraction for Musk.
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In March, the billionaire registered a company called X.AI Corp., which was incorporated in Nevada as per state records. Musk is listed as the sole director of the firm, while Jared Birchall, the managing director of Musk’s family office, serves as the secretary. According to a report by the Financial Times in April, Musk had successfully obtained numerous high-performance GPU processors from Nvidia for the project.