Elon Musk says his AI startup xAI will open-source its Grok chatbot

    The Hawk
    March11/ 2024
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    Elon Musk announces the open-sourcing of xAI's "Grok," a new contender in the AI space, challenging OpenAI's ChatGPT dominance.

    CEO of SpaceX and owner of X Elon Musk

    Elon Musk said on Monday that his artificial intelligence firm xAI will open-source "Grok", a chatbot rivaling OpenAI's ChatGPT, this week.

    The development comes about two months after the Tesla CEO said he felt uncomfortable growing the carmaker into a leader in AI and robotics unless he had at least 25 per cent voting control of the company.

    Earlier this month, Musk sued ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman, saying they had abandoned the startup's original mission to develop artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity and not for profit.

    In a podcast episode with computer scientist and podcaster Lex Fridman, Musk suggested in November that he liked the concept of open-source AI. The billionaire's startup launched the AI model to a small group of users that month.

    In December, xAI rolled out its ChatGPT competitor Grok for Premium+ subscribers of social media platform X, aiming to create what Musk has said would be a "maximum truth-seeking AI".