Elon Musk used to be against AI as he said it was going to bring the destruction of human civilization. At least, until he decided to invest in it himself. Now the billionaire has an AI of his own via one of his companies, xAI. The new AI is called Grok.
The new AI is a chatbot similar to the likes of ChatGPT and some of the other alternatives. Only this one apparently comes with “a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak” as it offers a little humor to its responses. The company (xAI) claims it is modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a popular science fiction book (and movie) known for its comedic silliness (too bad they didn’t name it Marvin).
It is supposed to be open to answering some of the questions the other bots avoid and can even suggest what question to ask (a pun related to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). It will have live access to data within X (previously known as Twitter), which will either assist it with the quality of answers it provides or lead to something incredibly chaotic.
Since it is new to the world, the company points out that it is going to be prone to error like any other bot. It will only be available to select users during its testing and will eventually become part of a paid tier on X (aka X Premium+) once it is ready for the rest of the world.
Now to be fair, Musk still seems to be against AI despite choosing this route. He hasn’t announced any changes to his opinions on the matter. But he must have felt that it was a necessary evil in order to give X (Twitter) some kind of hope that people would be willing to pay for it.