Musk's xAI to Launch First AI Model for Select Group
Updated: Jan 8
Elon Musk's artificial intelligence startup, xAI, is set to release its first AI model to a select group on Saturday, according to the billionaire and Tesla CEO.
This launch comes almost a year after OpenAI's ChatGPT gained popularity and led to increased adoption of generative AI technology.
Musk, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but stepped down from the board in 2018, expressed confidence in xAI's new model, stating that it is currently the best available. He made the announcement on his X social media platform.
Once xAI's Grok system is out of the early beta phase, it will be accessible to all X Premium+ subscribers. X, formerly known as Twitter, recently introduced two new subscription plans, including a $16 per month Premium+ tier for an ad-free experience.
Musk has been critical of Big Tech's AI efforts and censorship. Earlier this year, he revealed plans to launch a truth-seeking AI that aims to understand the nature of the universe, competing with Google's Bard and Microsoft's Bing AI.
The xAI team, which launched in July, consists of experts from Google's DeepMind, Microsoft and other leading AI research firms. While xAI and X are separate entities, they work closely together. xAI also collaborates with Tesla and other companies.
Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle and a close friend of Musk, disclosed in September that xAI had signed a contract to train its AI model on Oracle's cloud.
Elon Musk's xAI will release its first AI model to a select group on Saturday.
The launch follows the success of OpenAI's ChatGPT and the surge in generative AI adoption.
Musk believes xAI's new model is currently the best available.
The Grok system will be accessible to X Premium+ subscribers once it exits the early beta phase.