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Elon Musk Announces New AI Company After Criticizing AI’s Rapid Growth

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Elon Musk announced this week that his latest business endeavor, named xAI, was developed to “understand the true nature of the universe” through artificial intelligence.

Musk has teased this new platform for months, which he joked in April would be called TruthGPT, as a rival to OpenAI’s ChatGPT and a contrast to what he calls woke ideologies that have been programmed into ChatGPT. “The danger of training AI to be woke – in other words, lie – is deadly,” Musk said back in December.

Call for AI Regulations

Musk has also called for regulations on ChatGPT as recently as March when he and other tech giants signed a letter that was published by the Future of Life Institute stating that the AI race is getting “out of control.”

As for the xAI team, the company’s website explains some impressive credentials. “Our team is led by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. We have previously worked at DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla, and the University of Toronto. Collectively we contributed some of the most widely used methods in the field, in particular the Adam optimizer, Batch Normalization, Layer Normalization, and the discovery of adversarial examples. We further introduced innovative techniques and analyses such as Transformer-XL, Autoformalization, the Memorizing Transformer, Batch Size Scaling, and μTransfer. We have worked on and led the development of some of the largest breakthroughs in the field including AlphaStar, AlphaCode, Inception, Minerva, GPT-3.5, and GPT-4.”

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xAI’s website’s tagline reads “Understand the Universe”

If working for xAI sounds like something you’d be interested in, the company is currently hiring “experienced engineers and researchers to join our team as members of our technical staff in the Bay Area.”

Be sure to keep your eye on an upcoming Q&A about the project that will be held on Friday, July 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern on a Twitter Spaces chat.

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    Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and author of "AI For All," a guide to navigating this strange new world of artificial intelligence.
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