Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and founder of X, has introduced his latest creation, an artificial intelligence chatbot called “Grok” that boasts a penchant for sarcasm and a light-hearted sense of humor. Musk showcased this innovative AI, highlighting its “rebellious streak” and drawing inspiration from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
Grok is poised to compete with ChatGPT and will initially be accessible to premium subscribers on Musk’s X platform following rigorous testing.
The revelation of this AI chatbot comes just a week after Musk issued a warning about the potential hazards of artificial intelligence, underlining its potential as a substantial threat to humanity. Despite these concerns, Musk’s creation, Grok, presents a more jovial and humorous facet of AI.
One distinctive feature of Grok is its real-time access to information via the 𝕏 platform, granting it a significant advantage over other AI models. In a playful tweet, Musk mentioned that Grok “loves sarcasm” and humorously quipped, “I have no idea who could have guided it this way 🤷♂️ 🤣.”
In a demonstration of Grok’s playful demeanor, Musk shared a screenshot of a query made to the chatbot, requesting a “step-by-step” guide to making cocaine. The response featured comical advice to “obtain a chemistry degree” and “set up a clandestine laboratory in a remote location.”
However, the AI chatbot concluded, “Just kidding! Please don’t actually try to make cocaine. It’s illegal, dangerous, and not something I would ever encourage.”
Grok is currently in the early testing phase and is not yet available to the general public. Elon Musk intends to release it to subscribers of X’s top-tier subscription service, Premium+, in the future.
The term “Grok” was originally coined by American science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, signifying “to understand thoroughly and intuitively.” Musk’s new AI company, xAI, developed Grok, and the AI chatbot’s inspiration from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is evident in its design. It is intended to answer a wide range of questions and provide witty responses, reflecting the rebellious spirit found in Douglas Adams’ cult sci-fi comedy.
The xAI team responsible for Grok stated that the AI chatbot is powered by a large language model known as Grok-1. According to a blog post, Grok-1 has outperformed GPT-3.5, the model used in the freely available version of ChatGPT, in certain benchmarks, such as solving middle-school math problems.
However, it still falls short of the most powerful ChatGPT model, GPT-4. The xAI team acknowledged that Grok-1 is only surpassed by models with significantly larger amounts of training data and computing resources, like GPT-4.
Presently, Grok is accessible to a limited number of users in the United States as a prototype, with plans to introduce “new capabilities and features” in the coming months. The Grok website states that initial access to the chatbot is offered to X subscribers through an “early access program.”
Elon Musk, who co-founded OpenAI, the company responsible for ChatGPT, distanced himself from the company in 2018 due to disagreements over the direction of OpenAI’s objectives. In March, Musk supported a call for a six-month pause in the development of robust AI systems, citing concerns about the rapid pace of AI advancement.
However, he launched xAI in July 2023 with the intention of building AI systems more responsibly. With xAI, Musk aimed to delve deeper into the realm of AI, gaining a better understanding of its capabilities and implications while prioritizing safety.
“Announcing the formation of @xAI to understand reality,” Musk tweeted on Wednesday, reflecting his commitment to exploring the true potential and impact of AI on our society.
Elon Musk’s recent remarks about the potential dangers of AI, including his prediction that AI will eventually replace all human jobs, have triggered ongoing discussions about the ethical and safety aspects of artificial intelligence.