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Elon Musk Launches New AI Venture, xAI

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Lars Langenstueck
Lead Editor
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Elon Musk, the renowned tech entrepreneur, has recently unveiled a new venture in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), named xAI. This announcement comes after months of speculation about Musk’s plans to establish a competitor to ChatGPT. The newly formed company, xAI, has already launched a website and assembled a team of twelve members, all under the leadership of Musk himself. The company’s mission, as stated on the website, is to “understand the true nature of the universe,” a phrase that Musk has often used to articulate his AI aspirations.

Musk, who was an initial supporter of OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, has since expressed criticism towards the company for implementing safeguards designed to prevent the AI chatbot from producing biased or sexist responses. In a tweet from December, Musk voiced his concerns about the dangers of training AI to be “woke,” or in his words, to lie. This sentiment was echoed in an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, where Musk hinted at his upcoming AI project, which he referred to as TruthGPT, a “maximum truth-seeking AI” dedicated to understanding the universe.

The announcement of xAI comes in the wake of Musk’s previous warnings about the potential risks of AI, including the possibility of “civilization destruction.” He has joined other tech leaders in calling for a halt to the unregulated advancement of AI. While further details about xAI’s mission are yet to be disclosed, the company’s website suggests that it is currently in the process of recruiting more staff. As of now, all twelve members listed on the website are male.

This latest venture by Musk arrives at a challenging time for the tech mogul. Twitter, which Musk acquired for $44 billion in October, is facing an uncertain future following the launch of Meta’s rival app, Threads. Threads has already amassed over 100 million sign-ups in less than a week, while Twitter has reportedly seen a decline in usage. This instability at Twitter follows a period of controversy for Musk, who has been criticized for reducing staff, implementing contentious policy changes, and making several provocative remarks. In addition to Twitter, Musk also oversees several other companies, including Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company.

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