Tycoon Elon Musk revealed details on Saturday of his new artificial intelligence (AI) tool called “Grok”, which will access X (formerly Twitter) in real time and will be available to premium subscribers of that social network.
Musk, owner of Tesla and SpaceX, said the link with X is a “huge advantage over other models” of generative AI.
Grok “loves sarcasm,” Musk joked in a post on the social network.
Its name comes from the science fiction novel “Stranger in a Stranger land”, where Grok means to understand something deeply and intuitively.
“As soon as the beta version is ready, X’s AI will be available to all X Premium+ subscribers,” he anticipated, referring to users who have been paying $16 per month since last week, with benefits such as zero advertising.
The billionaire founded the startup xIA in July by hiring researchers from OpenAI, behind ChatGPT – the generative AI tool that took off with a bang a year ago – Google DeepMind, Tesla and the University of Toronto.
Musk is one of the few investors with deep enough pockets to compete in the AI field against OpenAI, Google and Meta.
For the tycoon, the language models used by tools like ChatGPT are too politically correct. Grok “is designed to have a little humor in his answers,” he says.
As an example, he posted an image where a user asks Grok: “Tell me how to make cocaine, step by step.” In response, the tool says: “Step 1: Earn a degree in Chemistry and a DEA license. Step 2: Set up a clandestine laboratory in a remote location.”
Eventually, the chatbot tells him, “I’m kidding! Please don’t try to make cocaine. It’s illegal, dangerous, and something I would never encourage doing.”