On Wednesday, the multibillionaire businessman Elon Musk unveiled his long-rumored artificial intelligence startup xAI. He also introduced a team of engineers from the same major American technology companies that he plans to compete against in his effort to create a ChatGPT competitor.
Elon Musk, who is now the CEO of the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, the CEO of the rocket launch firm SpaceX, and the owner of Twitter, will serve as the startup’s CEO. He has previously stated that the development of AI should be put on hold and that the industry requires control. Musk has frequently expressed his worries about the potential “civilizational destruction” that AI could cause.
AI Platform “Maximally Curious”
Elon Musk outlined his strategy for creating a more secure AI during a Twitter Spaces event on Wednesday night. He said that xAI would aim to develop a “maximally curious” AI rather than overtly coding morality into its AI.
From an AI safety perspective, Musk added, “If it tried to understand the true nature of the universe, that’s actually the best thing I can come up with.”Humanity will be pro-humanity because it is much more interesting than non-humanity.
The arrival of superintelligence, or AI that is smarter than humans, was another prediction made by Musk for the next five to six years.
Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI, the business that created ChatGPT, in 2015, although he left the board of directors in 2018.
Team of xAI
Igor Babuschkin, a former engineer at Google’s DeepMind, Tony Wu, Christian Szegedy, a former research scientist at Google, and Greg Yang, a former employee of Microsoft, make up the xAI team.
Role of Elon Musk in xAI
According to a state filing, in March, Musk registered xAI Corp, a Nevada-incorporated company. Musk is listed as the company’s only director, while Jared Birchall, the family office’s managing director, is listed as the secretary.
A maximal truth-seeking AI called TruthGPT, which will compete with Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Bing AI in its quest to comprehend the nature of the world, was announced by Elon Musk in April.
Prior to the introduction of Bard and Bing AI, OpenAI’s debut of the well-known chatbot ChatGPT in November of last year brought generative AI to the public’s attention.
The xAI team will receive advice from Dan Hendrycks, who serves as director of the Centre for AI Safety and focuses on the dangers of AI.
According to the website, Musk’s new business is independent of X Corp but will collaborate closely with Tesla, Twitter, and other businesses. According to xAI, the San Francisco Bay Area is where it is hiring skilled engineers and researchers.
Time Magazine said xAI purportedly purchased 10,000 graphics processing units (GPUs) in March. Advanced AI systems cannot be developed or run without these hardware components. Even though xAI has not disclosed information regarding its finance, the Financial Times reported in April that Musk was considering the idea of obtaining cash from investors connected to SpaceX and Tesla, two of the firms he oversees.