Elon Musk has announced with a post on X (formerly Twitter) that xAI will launch its first AI product to a select group of people on Saturday, claiming that it is “the best that currently exists” in some key aspects.
Founded in March, xAI seemingly is trying to go up against established players in the field, such as OpenAI, Google and Anthropic, which have developed some of the most advanced chatbots in the world, such as ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude.
Musk, who is known for his ambitious and sometimes controversial ideas, has been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the current state of AI, especially its lack of alignment with human values and goals. In April, he revealed his plans for a new AI tool called “TruthGPT”, which he said would avoid the pitfalls of being “politically correct” and instead focus on the objective reality.
Tomorrow, @xAI will release its first AI to a select group.
In some important respects, it is the best that currently exists.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 3, 2023
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To achieve this goal, Musk has assembled a team of top AI researchers and engineers who have previously worked at companies like DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Twitter and Tesla. He has also acquired thousands of powerful GPU processors from Nvidia, the leading manufacturer of chips for AI applications, to build a large language model that can rival or surpass the existing ones.
According to Greg Yang, the co-founder of xAI, the company’s mission is to explore the “mathematics of deep learning”, a branch of AI that uses large neural networks to learn from data and perform complex tasks. Yang said that xAI will “develop the ‘theory of everything’ for large neural networks” and take AI “to the next level”.
Musk founded xAI in Nevada in March, according to official documents. He had previously renamed Twitter to “X Corp.” in some financial reports, but xAI’s website clarifies that it is a separate entity from X Corp., and that it will “work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla, and other companies to make progress towards our mission”.