Elon Musk declares war on Microsoft, Google; ChatGPT rival plans to launch soon


Billionaire Elon Musk said on Monday he would launch an artificial intelligence (AI) platform he calls “TruthGPT” to challenge offerings from Microsoft and Google.

He criticized Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the firm behind chatbot sensation ChatGPT, for “training AI to lie” and said that OpenAI had now become a “closed source”, “for-profit” organization “closely affiliated with Microsoft”. Is.

He also accused Google co-founder Larry Page of not taking AI security seriously.

In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson that aired Monday, Musk said, “I’m going to introduce something I call ‘TruthGPT,’ or maximum truth-seeking AI, which will try to understand the nature of the universe.” tries to.”

He added that TruthGPT “may be the best route to safety” that would be “unlikely to destroy humans”.

“It’s just starting late. But I’ll try to make a third option,” Musk said.

Musk, OpenAI, Microsoft and Page did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

People familiar with the matter told Reuters that Musk is poaching AI researchers from Alphabet Inc’s Google to launch a startup to rival OpenAI.

Musk registered a firm named X.AI Corp incorporated in Nevada last month, according to state filings. The firm lists Musk as sole director and Jared Birchell, managing director of Musk’s family office, as secretary.

‘Destruction of Civilization’

The move was prompted by Musk and a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry executives calling for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI’s newly launched GPT-4, citing potential risks to society. .

Musk also reiterated his warnings about AI during the interview with Carlson, saying, according to excerpts, that “AI is more dangerous than bad aircraft design or production maintenance or bad car production”.

“It has the potential for the destruction of civilization,” he said.

He said, for example, that a super intelligent AI could write incredibly well and could potentially manipulate public opinion.

He tweeted over the weekend that he had met with former US President Barack Obama when he was president and told him that Washington needed to “encourage AI regulation”.

Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015, but he stepped down from the company’s board in 2018. In 2019, he tweeted that he left OpenAI because he wanted to focus on Tesla and SpaceX.

He also tweeted at the time that there were other reasons for his departure from OpenAI, “Tesla was competing for something like OpenAI and I didn’t agree with what the OpenAI team wanted to do.”

Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has also become the CEO of Twitter, a social media platform he bought last year for $44 billion.

In an interview with Fox News, Musk said he valued Twitter at “less than half” of its recent acquisition price.

In January, Microsoft Corp announced another multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI, intensifying competition with rival Google and fueling the race to attract AI funding in Silicon Valley.

– Reuters

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