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What Is xAI, Elon Musk’s New AI Company

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has launched xAI, a new artificial intelligence company, years after leaving ChatGPT-owner OpenAI.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the Twitter owner announced the “formation” of the new organization, stating that its goals are to “understand reality.”


He didn’t provide any other information about the company’s objectives, and the website doesn’t mention much other than that its goals are “to understand the true nature of the universe.”

The firm, however, stated that it is distinct from “X Corp,” the new name for the company formerly known as Twitter.

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However, the company states on its website that it would collaborate closely with X Corp, Tesla, and other companies owned by Mr Musk, as well as other companies, “to make progress towards our mission.”

While xAI’s website doesn’t say much about its “mission,” the new company’s lone Twitter message suggests it would investigate the universe’s “most fundamental unanswered questions.”

The website also lists the names of its staff, who are led by Mr Musk and include Dan Hendrycks, director of the Centre for AI Safety, as an advisor.

The company’s employees are all guys who have “previously worked at DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla, and the University of Toronto.”

“We have worked on and led the development of some of the field’s largest breakthroughs, including AlphaStar, AlphaCode, Inception, Minerva, GPT-3.5, and GPT-4,” the company said of its personnel.

What Is xAI, Elon Musk’s New AI Company

Mr Musk’s new endeavor also comes at a time when corporations such as Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and even smaller enterprises and competitors in other nations like China are investing extensively in AI technology.

The multibillionaire co-founded OpenAI in 2015, but left the company in 2018 to avoid competing with Tesla, which has its own AI operations for the vehicles’ autopilot function.

Following the release of OpenAI’s now-popular ChatGPT AI chatbot, the Tesla CEO hinted in interviews that he was preparing to build his own artificial intelligence startup.

In April, he informed former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson that he intended to create “TruthGPT,” a “maximum truth-seeking AI.”

This was followed by an xAI declaration signed by key members of the tech industry urging the world to prioritize limiting AI’s hazards, and Mr Musk reportedly acquired thousands of GPU processors from Nvidia, ostensibly to run a huge language model like ChatGPT.

The xAI team plans to host a Twitter Spaces chat on Friday, when listeners can “meet the team and ask us questions,” according to the startup’s website.

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