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In latest escalation of AI war, Elon Musk releases chatbot code| GuyWhoKnowsThings


Elon Musk launched the raw computer code behind his version of an artificial intelligence chatbot on Sunday, an escalation of one of the world's richest men in a battle to control the future of AI

Grok, which is designed to give sarcastic responses in the style of the science fiction novel “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” is a product of xAI, the company Musk founded last year. While xAI is an independent entity from X, its technology has been integrated into the social media platform and is trained on user posts. Users who subscribe to X's premium features can ask Grok questions and receive answers.

By opening the code for everyone to see and use (known as open source), Musk moved even further into a Heated debate in the world of AI. about whether doing so could help make the technology more secure or simply expose it to misuse.

Musk, a self-proclaimed open source advocate, did the same with X's recommendation algorithm last year, but hasn't updated it since.

“There is still work to be done, but this platform is already by far the most transparent and truth-seeking (to be honest, it's not a very high bar),” Musk said. aware on Sunday in response to a comment about the open source recommendation algorithm X.

The move to open-source chatbot code is the latest salvo between Musk and ChatGPT creator OpenAI, which the mercurial billionaire recently sued for breaking his promise to do the same. Musk, who was a founder and helped fund OpenAI before leaving several years later, has argued that such an important technology should not be controlled solely by tech giants like Google and Microsoft. which is a close partner of OpenAI.

OpenAI has said it will seek dismiss the lawsuit.

(The New York Times defendant OpenAI and Microsoft in December for copyright infringement of news content related to AI systems).

The controversy over open source generative AI, which can create realistic images and videos and recreate human-like text responses, has shaken the tech world over the past year following the explosion in the technology's popularity. Silicon Valley is deeply divided over whether the underlying coding of AI should be publicly available: Some engineers argue that the powerful technology should be protected against intruders, while others insist that the benefits of transparency outweigh the harms.

By publishing his AI code, Musk planted himself firmly in the latter camp, a decision that could allow him to leapfrog competitors who have had a head start in developing the technology.

Releasing the code will allow other companies and independent software developers to modify and reuse it as they build their own chatbots and other artificial intelligence systems. Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, It is also open source is AI technology, called LLaMA. Google and a prominent French startup, Mistral, have also done some open source.

Last year, Musk, who also owns X and SpaceX, and CEO of Tesla, formed xAI and stated that its mission was to “understand reality.” In November, he said investors in his X privatization deal worth $44 billion would own a 25 percent participation in xAI.

Musk has said no topic should be off-limits to chatbots, criticizing companies that steer their technology to avoid controversy as “woke.”

“If an AI is programmed to drive diversity at all costs, as Google Gemini was, then it will do everything it can to bring about that outcome, potentially even killing people,” Musk said in a post on friday.

But at least some of the positions around open sourcing are closely linked to commercial interests. Because OpenAI is the market leader and offers the most powerful and arguably the most popular chatbot, it has little reason to open source its code.

Musk and xAI, on the other hand, are working to catch up and could help level the playing field by opening up the source code of their code and inviting others to improve the technology.

Subbarao Kambhampati, a computer science professor at Arizona State University, has argued that open access to current AI technology is the safest approach. But he added that companies like xAI and Meta weren't necessarily opening up the technology for that reason.

“Elon Musk and Yann LeCun are not the best messengers for this argument,” he said, referring to Meta's chief AI scientist.




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