Elon Musk, on Wednesday, disclosed the inception of a new artificial intelligence-oriented company, after hinting for months about plans to develop a competitor to ChatGPT.
Dubbed as xAI, the company introduced a team of twelve and a dedicated website. Musk, the front-runner of the company according to the website, stated that xAI will “collaborate extensively with X (Twitter), Tesla, and various other firms to advance our mission.”
The xAI team includes:
- Elon Musk
- Igor Babuschkin
- Manuel Kroiss
- Yuhuai (Tony) Wu
- Christian Szegedy
- Jimmy Ba
- Toby Pohlen
- Ross Nordeen
- Kyle Kosic
- Greg Yang
- Guodong Zhang
- Zihang Dai
xAI aims to “comprehend the authentic essence of the universe,” aligning with Musk’s prior articulations regarding his aspirations for AI.
An early supporter of OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, Musk later reproached the company for implementing safety measures designed to inhibit the chatbot from disseminating biased or sexist responses.
Musk, in a tweet last December, stated, “The perils of coaching AI to be woke – essentially, to fabricate – could be lethal,” in response to a query directed to OpenAI’s CEO about the feasibility of disabling the “woke settings” on ChatGPT.
While talking to the former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in April, Musk hinted at his forthcoming AI venture. He dubbed it “TruthGPT,” describing it as a “maximum truth-seeking AI” committed to “comprehending the universe.”
Musk’s announcement about the new venture arrives a few months following his prediction about AI potentially triggering “civilization destruction,” and his joining other tech moguls in advocating for a halt in the “unbridled” AI race.
Limited information about the company’s objectives is currently available, but the website indicates active recruitment. As of now, all listed staff members on the website seem to be male.
This announcement of Musk’s newest endeavor occurs amid a particularly unstable period for Musk.
After his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in October, the company’s future has become precarious due to the launch of Meta’s rival app called Threads. In less than a week, Threads amassed over 100 million sign-ups, while Twitter reportedly faced a slump in usage.
This unrest at Twitter follows several months of Musk antagonizing some users and advertisers by downsizing staff, enforcing contentious policy amendments, and making a series of provocative statements.
Musk, apart from Twitter, helms multiple other enterprises, including Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company.