Elon Musk has unveiled Grok, the inaugural creation of his recently established company, xAI. Positioned as a competitor to entities like OpenAI and Anthropic, xAI aims to bring a new flavor to the AI landscape. Grok, described as a “sarcastic” AI chatbot, draws inspiration from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, says an article published on silicon technology website.
Real-Time Access To X
Grok boasts real-time access to X, formerly known as Twitter and owned by Musk. This access serves as a unique feature, with Musk taking measures to prevent data scraping by rival companies. The chatbot’s connection to X positions it to offer insights and responses influenced by the ongoing social media discourse.
Spicy Questions And Maximum Truth-Seeking
Musk envisions Grok as a “maximum truth-seeking AI” designed to delve into the intricacies of the universe. xAI highlights the chatbot’s rebellious streak, emphasizing its ability to answer “spicy questions” often rejected by other AI systems.
Musk teased the launch with an example where Grok responded humorously to a request for a recipe for making cocaine.
Performance And Testing
In initial tests, Grok reportedly outperformed models in its compute class, including ChatGPT-3.5 and Inflection-1 from competitors OpenAI and Inflection. The testing involved middle school math problems and Python coding tasks.
However, it fell short when compared to bots with access to larger datasets. The company acknowledges that Grok, like its counterparts, may generate false or contradictory information.
Vulnerabilities And Controversies
Despite its touted capabilities, Grok exhibits vulnerabilities common to AI systems, such as providing inaccurate information while sounding convincingly accurate. An example cited is the bot’s erroneous statement about the trial of crypto-entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried.
Future Integration With X Premium+
Grok is expected to become a feature of X Premium+, a subscription service costing $16 per month. This integration suggests Musk’s intention to leverage Grok as a value-added component for users subscribing to the premium service.
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