Musk Launches OpenAI, Google Rival ‘xAI’
Elon Musk, Twitter owner, and Telsa boss has launched his own artificial intelligence company named ‘xAI’ which seeks to compete with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, a program he accuses of being politically biased and irresponsible.
The xAI website which was launched on Wednesday said the Tesla tycoon would run the company separately from his other companies but that the technology developed would benefit those businesses, including Twitter.
“The goal of xAI is to understand the true nature of the universe,” the website said. Musk on Twitter added that the new company’s aim was to “understand reality” and answer life’s biggest questions.
The startup is staffed by former researchers from OpenAI, Google DeepMind, Tesla and the University of Toronto.
The team is to be advised by Dan Hendrycks, who currently leads the Center for AI Safety, a San Francisco-based organization that warns against developing AI too quickly.
Hendrycks also initiated the open letter to global leaders in June that warned AI was a risk to human existence on par with pandemics and nuclear war.
Musk has repeatedly warned about the dangers of AI, having called it “our biggest existential threat,” and saying that moving too fast was like “summoning the demon.”
Recently, Musk while speaking to the media in an interview shared details of his plans for a new AI tool called “TruthGPT”
In the interview, he said his new AI company would come very late after OpenAI and Google DeepMind, both of which have made great strides in recent years.
“I think I will create a third option, although it’s starting very late in the game. Can it be done? I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said.