Nov 6, 2023 - Technology

Meet Grok: Elon Musk's AI offering

Photo illustration of downcast Elon Musk wearing a party hat and blowing a party horn.

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Elon Musk Saturday introduced a new chatbot called "Grok" out of his xAI startup, claiming that AI should be "useful to people of all backgrounds and political views."

Driving the news: xAI spent four months training Grok, which it categorizes as a "frontier large language model" — which would make it subject to new AI testing requirements both from the White House and those agreed upon at last week's AI safety summit in London.

X claims Grok is "a very early beta product" with a sense of humor and "a rebellious streak" — but since hardly anyone has access to the service currently, it's hard to test the claim.

  • Grok will "answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems," the company says.

Between the lines: The xAI team says the "fundamental advantage of Grok is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the X platform."

Context: The team that built Grok includes alumni of DeepMind, OpenAI, Google and Microsoft.

Ina's thought bubble: The characterization of Grok could add a political dimension to the AI market, with customers evaluating not just how accurate AI is, but also how much they like the politics of the answer.

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