Musk and the Machine

Musk and the Machine

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  • Grok, modeled on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, is the first technology out of Elon Musk’s new AI company xAI. It is supposed to have “a bit of wit,” “a rebellious streak” and it should answer the “spicy questions” that other AI might dodge, according to a statement from xAI.
  • Grok also has access to data from X, which xAI said will give it a leg-up. Musk even posted a side-by-side comparison of Grok answering a question versus another AI bot, which he said had less current information.

Why it matters

The prototype is in its early beta phase, only two months in training and is available to a select number of users to test out before the company releases it more widely. Eventually, Musk said on X, Grok will be a feature of X Premium+, which costs $16 per month. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO appears to be positioning xAI as a challenger to companies like OpenAI, Inflection and Anthropic.

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