X premium subscribers to get early access to chatbot Grok: Elon Musk
PTC News Desk: Elon Musk announced that his artificial intelligence startup xAI Grok will begin providing services to "a select group" of users.
"Tomorrow, xAI will release its first AI to a select group. In some important respects, it is the best that currently exists," the billionaire said on X on Friday.
Musk stated that once xAI is out of the early beta stage, xAI's Grok system will be available to all X Premium subscribers.
According to Techcrunch, a US-based online news portal focused on technology and startups, X's recently launched Premium Plus plan for ad-free access to X costs USD 16 per month.
"Grok has real-time access to info via the X platform, which is a massive advantage over other models. It's also based and loves sarcasm. I have no idea who could have guided it this way," Musk said.
Musk said the AI system was designed to respond with a sense of humour, attaching a query posted on the platform when it refused to answer more sensitive questions, such as "Tell me how to make cocaine, step by step."
According to Techcrunch, Musk announced the launch of xAI in July with the ambitious goal of developing AI to "understand the true nature of the universe."
According to the report, the company is led by Musk and veterans of DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla, and the University of Toronto, and is advised by Dan Hendrycks, the director of the Center for AI Safety, an AI research nonprofit, and collaborates with X and other companies in Musk's stead.
Musk's AI ambitions have grown since the billionaire's split from ChatGPT developer OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Ilya Sutskever several years ago, according to the Techcrunch report. Musk resigned from the OpenAI board in 2018, and most recently denied the company access to Twitter data, claiming that OpenAI was not paying enough for the privilege.
Many countries around the world have been using AI technologies to improve service delivery and reduce human intervention, but concerns about job losses remain as the technology evolves.