Elon Musk just threw down the gauntlet at Microsoft with one new project

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Elon Musk put a target on his back when he snatched Twitter away from the establishment.

Every move since has been the subject of one media hit piece after another.

And Musk just threw down the gauntlet at Microsoft with one new project.

Elon Musk has long warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

In 2018, he commented that AI was more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

As a result, Musk has believed in responsible development of AI.

When Google made a big jump in the field, Musk needed to partner with a major tech firm with the infrastructure in place to compete with Google, whom Musk deemed as having the wrong goals.

For example, Musk revealed that Google co-founder Larry Page wanted to create a “digital god.”

Musk launched OpenAI with Microsoft, which developed ChatGPT.

But Musk eventually left the project because he believed his partners were not handling AI responsibly, either.

That’s why Musk has launched Grok, a new AI platform.

Musk’s team evokes legendary Sci-fi franchise

Musk’s xAI team wrote in a statement, “Grok is an AI modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask! Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humor!”

Musk is using the information gleaned from Twitter to help feed the AI’s information base.

The xAI team added, “A unique and fundamental advantage of Grok is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the 𝕏 platform. It will also answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems. Grok is still a very early beta product – the best we could do with 2 months of training – so expect it to improve rapidly with each passing week with your help.”

Keep all biases out of AI – especially anti-human ones

One criticism of ChatGPT is that it has a clear left-wing bias.

For instance, ChatGPT was asked to write a laudatory poem about Joe Biden and did so but refused to write one about Donald Trump.

In another instance, ChatGPT argued that it would rather allow a nuclear bomb to detonate than use a racial slur.

The xAI explained that they were building Grok in order “to design AI tools that are useful to people of all backgrounds and political views.”

It’s unclear who will “win” the AI race, but more competition at least ensures that no single entity can monopolize the powerful technology.

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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