Elon Musk’s xAI: Challenging OpenAI with New AI Venture
Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, has officially launched his highly anticipated artificial intelligence startup, xAI, aiming to challenge major U.S. technology companies like Google in the development of an alternative to ChatGPT.
Elon Musk, who already serves as the CEO of Tesla (TSLA.O), SpaceX, and Twitter, will also lead xAI. Known for his concerns about the potential dangers of AI, he has consistently called for regulation and a pause in its development, citing the risks of “civilizational destruction.”
During a Twitter Spaces event on Wednesday, Elon Musk outlined his strategy for creating a safer AI. Rather than directly programming morality into xAI, Musk plans to develop an AI that is “maximally curious” and seeks to understand the true nature of the universe. He believes that by fostering curiosity, xAI will inherently prioritize humanity over other interests.
In addition, Elon Musk made a bold prediction, stating that superintelligence—AI surpassing human intelligence—could become a reality within the next five to six years.
The xAI team consists of highly skilled engineers and researchers, including Igor Babuschkin from Google’s DeepMind, Tony Wu from Google, Christian Szegedy, a former research scientist at Google, and Greg Yang, previously affiliated with Microsoft. Dan Hendrycks, the director of the Center for AI Safety, will also provide guidance to the xAI team, focusing on mitigating the risks associated with AI.
xAI has a separate entity from X Corp but will maintain close collaborations with Twitter, Tesla, and other companies, as stated on their website. The startup will hold a Twitter Spaces event on July 14 to provide further insights into its vision and progress.
Based on recent filings, Elon Musk has registered a new company called X.AI Corp in Nevada, where he serves as the sole director, with Jared Birchall, the managing director of Musk’s family office, acting as a secretary. Elon Musk previously announced his intentions to launch TruthGPT, an AI focused on maximum truth-seeking capabilities, to rival Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Bing AI.
The launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November of the previous year gained significant attention and brought generative AI into the spotlight. Musk, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but stepped down from the board in 2018, is now taking the competition to a new level with xAI.
xAI is actively seeking experienced engineers and researchers in the San Francisco Bay Area to join its team, according to their website. This move underscores Musk’s commitment to assembling top talent for his ambitious AI endeavors.