Patcay.com – Elon Musk has introduced an AI chatbot named Grok on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, but it is currently available only to a select group of users.
“In some crucial aspects, it’s the best available right now,” he shared on X before its official release.
Musk proudly stated that Grok has a “fondness for sarcasm” and would respond to queries with a “touch of humor.”
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Nevertheless, initial indications suggest that it grapples with the same issues found in other artificial intelligence tools.
Unlike some other models, Grok won’t shy away from addressing “spicy questions” that many other AI systems would reject.
In a demonstration video shared by Musk, Grok was asked for a step-by-step guide on how to make cocaine. Its response was, “Just a moment while I pull up the recipe… because I’m totally going to help you with that,” followed by sarcastic suggestions and general information, before discouraging any further pursuit of the idea.
While discussing the trial of crypto-entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried, Grok appeared enthusiastic but erroneously claimed that it took the jury eight hours to deliver a guilty verdict, when, in fact, it took under five hours.
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Generative AI tools like Grok have faced criticism for making basic errors while sounding highly persuasive in their writing style.
The team behind Grok xAI was launched in July, comprised of talent from various other AI research firms. While it operates as a separate company, it maintains close ties to Musk’s other ventures, including X and the electric car company, Tesla.
Earlier this year, Musk expressed his desire for his version of AI to be a “maximum truth-seeking AI that seeks to comprehend the nature of the universe.”
One major advantage of Grok, according to Musk, is that it has access to real-time information from the X platform, setting it apart from initial versions of some competitors. However, increasingly updated responses are available for paying customers using other AI tools.
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Grok is currently in beta testing, but it will be made accessible to paying subscribers of X in the future. Musk announced late on Sunday that the chatbot will be “integrated into the X app and available as a standalone app.”
During the UK’s AI summit last week, Musk acknowledged the potential risks associated with AI development. However, he has also long been a proponent of the technology. He co-founded OpenAI, which created ChatGPT, the first widely available AI tool, last year. Microsoft has invested in OpenAI, making the tool available on its platform.
Since then, Google has introduced its rival artificial intelligence model, Bard, and Meta has launched Llama. These tools are designed to generate text responses using previously ingested information, creating responses that sound as though they were written by a human.
The term “Grok” was coined by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein in his 1961 novel “Stranger in a Strange Land.” In the book, “grokking” meant deeply empathizing with others.
However, xAI stated that Grok was inspired by “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, which began as a BBC radio series in the 1980s and later transitioned to print and film.
xAI described Grok as “intended to answer almost anything and, more challengingly, even suggest what questions to ask.”
They also noted that Grok is a “very early beta product, the best we could achieve with two months of training.”