At the end of last week, I reported on the imminent launch Elon Musk's xAI Corp first AI chatbot. Well, now the company has unveiled its latest creation: Grok, a generative AI chatbot with a unique personality. Musk, who juggles roles as the CEO of Tesla and owner of X Corp., has been vocal about the potential dangers AI poses to humanity. Despite this, his company's new AI chatbot Grok, which boasts a sarcastic edge, is now in early testing and will soon be accessible to premium subscribers of the X social media platform.
Musk showcased Grok's playful and rebellious nature through a series of tweets, including a tongue-in-cheek response to an illegal query, emphasizing the chatbot's humorous design. The xAI team has drawn inspiration from “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” for Grok's development, aiming to provide answers laced with wit.
Grok has real-time access to info via the 𝕏 platform, which is a massive advantage over other models.
It's also based & loves sarcasm. I have no idea who could have guided it this way 🤷♂️ 🤣 pic.twitter.com/e5OwuGvZ3Z
Grok's Claimed Technical Edge Over Rivals
Grok is not just about personality; it's also a technical powerhouse. According to xAI's blog, Grok is powered by a large language model, Grok-1, which reportedly outperforms OpenAI LP's GPT-3.5 in various benchmarks. However, it faces stiff competition from more advanced models like GPT-4, which have been trained with significantly more data and computing power. Grok is currently available to a select group of beta testers in the U.S., with plans to expand its capabilities and user base in the coming months.
Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research Inc., commended the xAI team for Grok's performance on standard tests and its human-like character. He noted that real-world user experiences would be the ultimate test of the chatbot's capabilities.
Musk's AI Vision and Concerns
Musk, a co-founder of OpenAI, has been increasingly expressing his disappointment with OpenAI since ChatGPT was released in 2022 , although he has been critical about the Microsoft partnership for years. Musk thinks OpenAI has deviated from its original goal of being open-source and non-profit. His allegations came to a head when he claimed that Microsoft is largely in control of OpenAI due to a billion-dollar investment made by the company in 2019, succeeded by a $10 billion investment this year.
In recent discussions, including a summit at Bletchley Park and a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Musk reiterated his belief that advanced AI systems could potentially evade controls and pose threats to humanity. He also speculated on AI's potential to replace human jobs entirely in the future.
Looking Ahead with Grok
The launch of Grok is just the beginning for xAI. The company has ambitious plans to enhance the chatbot with additional senses like vision and audio, aiming to broaden its applications. xAI is also focused on addressing the limitations of current AI systems through research in areas such as scalable oversight, formal verification, long-context understanding, adversarial robustness, and multimodal capabilities.
For those interested in early access to Grok, xAI has opened a waitlist for users in the United States. This initial release is part of a broader roadmap that promises to introduce new features and capabilities, marking an exciting phase for Musk's AI endeavors.