It is, from the point of view of its creator, “the best that currently exists”. The generative artificial intelligence developed by Elon Musk within his company xAI was unveiled on Saturday on his X account (formerly Twitter). It responds to the name of Grok and will initially only be available to people who pay a subscription to its social network X Premium subscribers,” he wrote on the old Twitter on Saturday.
In the first images revealed by Elon Musk, Grok's interface resembles that of ChatGPT, the text generator that set the planet on fire a few months ago. But Elon Musk promises that his generative AI will benefit from much better performance. He explains this “huge advantage” by the fact that its artificial intelligence “has real-time access to information from the X platform”. It is undoubtedly this implementation, in addition to the considerable investments made by Elon Musk, which explains the speed with which his company xAI, created only four months ago, managed to develop this technology.
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The head of Tesla and Space The name he chose also seems to be directly taken from the work of the American science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, who in one of his books invented the verb “to grok” to mean “understand intuitively or by empathy.” Elon Musk regularly worries about the development of all-out artificial intelligence. He believes that we must favor technology based as much as possible on human intelligence in order to prevent abuses.
This technological achievement sounds like revenge for Elon Musk. The billionaire participated in the creation of OpenAI in 2015, the organization behind ChatGPT, of which he was president before slamming the door three years after creation due to differences of opinion with the other partners. The dazzling success of the artificial intelligence text generator ChatGPT has therefore always been viewed with a very negative eye by the new technology mogul, known for his escapades and excesses. He notably criticized OpenAI for making artificial intelligence “woke”. Elon Musk confirmed to an Internet user on X that Grok would be “a response to the monstrosity that is WokeGPT”, in reference to ChatGPT.
With his company xAI, the founder of PayPal, Tesla and even Space Between Microsoft, Google, Meta and a handful of world-class start-ups, competition is tough.