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Musk releases his AI

by on06 November 2023

Imaginatively titled xAI

With much hype and years behind the rest of the industry, Elon [look at me] Musk has released an AI chatbot, despite saying he would never do that.

Imaginatively titled xAI after after his highly successful money making social notworking site X, Musk's chatbot is called Grok. For those who don’t read books, Grok means to “totally understand” and it comes from the Sci-Fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land.

Of course, like many things coming from Musk companies Grok is vapourware  two months into its "early beta" training phase, it's only available to Musk and his mother a select group of users.

Musk posted that the chatbot "will be provided as part of X Premium+, so I recommend signing up for that. Just $16/month via web." Like that will happen.

He claims that Grok is modelled on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" although we don't see how. It is supposed to have "a bit of wit," "a rebellious streak" and it should answer the "spicy questions" that other AI might dodge. We wonder if that will include "how do you take a successful company and make it lose half its value in a year?"

Grok has access to data from Twitter, which xAI said will give it a leg-up or flood it with far right conspiracy theories in which the world is flat.

The Large Language Model system is being compared to ChatGPT-3.5 where it had its clock cleaned. This was because ChatGPT-3.5 has larger data troves than Twitter. ChatGPT-3.5 is also out-of-date which should give you an indication of how bad Grok is at the moment.

Musk has previously said that he believes today's AI makers are bending too far toward "politically correct" systems. xAI's mission, it said, is to create AI for people of all backgrounds and political views. Grok is said to be a means of testing that AI approach "in public."

We expect it will be calling for the death of Jews and Muslims any day now.

Last modified on 06 November 2023
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