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xAI Launch Grok


5 Nov 2023

Elon Musk's rival to ChatGPT and others

Elon Musk's AI start-up, xAI, has introduced its first AI model, named 'Grok,' as a direct challenge to OpenAI's ChatGPT and other AI chatbots. Grok stands out by having real-time access to information from X, the social media platform Musk acquired for $44 billion, giving it an advantage over models relying on older internet data archives. Grok is designed to have a more personable character, including a fondness for sarcasm and humor. xAI emphasizes that Grok can answer unconventional or "spicy" questions rejected by most other AI systems. The launch signals the growing competition in the generative AI field, with new entrants challenging established players like OpenAI.

Key Facts

O It is connected to X (Twitter) in real-time

O It will feature a real-time search engine integrated with X

O It has a sense of humour and sarcasm

O Extensive input capacity of 25,000 characters

O Multitasking and ability to combine multiple chat windows

O Image/Audio recognition APIs coming soon

Elon Musk's xAI's ability to release a competitive model with just two months of training indicates that newcomers are narrowing the gap with established AI companies. Grok will be available to X subscribers as part of the "Premium+" service, priced at around $16 per month, following a testing period. Musk's push into AI with xAI comes as he seeks to boost engagement and revenue at X, which has faced challenges with content moderation. However, experts warn of potential biases and harmful information spread by Grok, raising concerns about its impact on content moderation and safety. Despite these concerns, Musk and xAI are making significant strides in the rapidly evolving AI landscape.

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