Elon Musk Strikes Again, Announces ‘xAI’ Grok Chatbot Open Source

Elon Musk announced that his artificial intelligence startup, xAI, would make its ChatGPT challenger, Grok chatbot, open source this week.  This comes after Elon Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, accusing the company of deviating from its original mission in favor of adopting a for-profit model.

Musk has been at odds with OpenAI regarding its use of technology for profit by big tech companies like Google. He filed the lawsuit against the Microsoft-backed OpenAI, which he abandoned in 2018. In response, OpenAI revealed emails showing Musk’s support for a for-profit entity and a potential merger with Tesla to increase profitability.

Musk Unveils Open-Source Initiative for Grok Chatbot

“This week, @xAI will open-source Grok,” Musk announced on X. The decision to open-source the Grok chatbot could give the public free access to experiment with the code behind the technology. This move aligns xAI with other firms like Meta and Mistral in France, which have open-source AI models.

Tech investors like Vinod Khosla and Marc Andreessen have discussed the implications of open-source AI since Musk’s legal action against OpenAI. While it can accelerate innovation, concerns have been raised about potential misuse, such as terrorists using it to create chemical weapons.

Elon Musk has long advocated for ethical AI development, desiring third-party oversight to ensure safety in AI advancements. His venture, xAI, aims to create AI systems dedicated to what he said would be a “maximum truth-seeking AI.” Grok chatbot, initially introduced for Premium+ subscribers of X, reflects Musk’s commitment to transparency and accessibility in AI technology.

OpenAI Responds to Musk’s Lawsuit

OpenAI has issued its first legal reply to Musk’s lawsuit. As reported by The Verge, the company stated in a court document that there was no founding agreement with Musk, calling it all “fictional.”

The court filing states, “There is no Founding Agreement, or any agreement with Musk, as the complaint makes clear. The Founding Agreement is instead a fiction Musk has conjured to claim credit for an enterprise he initially supported, then abandoned, and subsequently saw succeed without him.”

Furthermore, OpenAI asserts that Musk dropped out from OpenAI when his preferences were not followed, and he wanted “all success for himself.”


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