Elon Musk announced his new company xAI which he says aims to understand the true nature of the universe.
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Elon Musk said Friday that his artificial intelligence company, xAI, will unveil its technology on Saturday.
“Tomorrow, xAI will launch its first AI to a select group,” Musk aware on X, formerly known as Twitter. “In some important respects, it is the best there is today.”
The AI startup, which Musk announced in July, seeks to “understand the true nature of the universe,” according to its website, and Musk appears to be preparing it to compete with companies like OpenAI. Google and Anthropic, who are behind leading chatbots like ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude. In the spring, Musk reportedly sourced thousands of high-powered GPU processors from NVIDIAthe type of chips needed to build a large language model similar to tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Google’s Bard.
Team members behind xAI include alumni from DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, microsoft Research, Twitter and teslawho have worked on projects including DeepMind’s AlphaCode and OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 chatbots, according to LinkedIn profiles seen by CNBC.
Musk shared details of his plans for a new AI tool called “TruthGPT” in April during a taped interview on Fox News Channel, adding that he feared existing AI companies are prioritizing systems that are “politically correct.” “.
According to Greg Yang, co-founder of xAI, the startup will delve into the “mathematics of deep learning,” a facet of AI, and “developing the ‘theory of everything’ for large neural networks” to take AI “to the next level.”
In August, xAI appeared to be hiring, according to publications on social networks by several members of the company. That same month, xAI founding member Toby Pohlen aware an image of a blue and white logo on the platform, which writes: “Getting everything ready for the first alpha testers.”
Musk incorporated xAI in Nevada in March, according to filings. Previously, he had changed Twitter’s name to “X Corp.” In some financial documents, but on xAI’s website, the company notes its separation from X Corp. and adds that it “will work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla and other companies to advance our mission.”
The startup’s advisor is listed as Dan Hendrycks, executive director of the Center for AI Safety, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that published a letter in May signed by technology leaders stating that “mitigating the “AI extinction risk should be a global priority along with other societal-scale risks, such as pandemics and nuclear wars.”
The letter received pushback from many in the tech community, including academics and ethicists, who believe that focusing too much on AI threats in an unspecified future distracts from the real-life harms that algorithms cause. to marginalized communities at this time.
An xAI spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.