Elon Musk launched an AI chatbot named Grok on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. However, currently, it’s only accessible to selected users.
He posted on X, asserting that in some critical aspects, Grok is currently the best AI available. Musk boasted about Grok’s affinity for sarcasm and its ability to respond with humor when answering questions.
Nevertheless, early indications suggest that Grok faces similar issues encountered by other artificial intelligence tools.
While other models avoid responding to certain questions, particularly those seeking criminal advice, Musk assured that Grok would entertain “spicy questions” that most other AI systems reject.
Musk shared a demonstration in which Grok received a request for a detailed guide on making cocaine. Grok responded by humorously indicating its hesitation to provide such information and offered generalized details while adding sarcastic suggestions, ultimately warning against pursuing the idea.
Despite its tone, Grok made an error regarding the duration of the jury’s verdict in the trial of crypto-entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried, mistakenly stating it took eight hours when it took under five.
Generative AI tools
Generative AI tools like Grok have faced widespread criticism for containing factual errors while maintaining a highly convincing writing style.
The team that launched Grok xAI in July utilized expertise from other AI research firms. Although it operates as a separate entity, it maintains a close association with Musk’s other ventures—X and the electric car company, Tesla.
Earlier this year, Musk expressed his desire for his AI version to be a “maximum truth-seeking AI” aiming to comprehend the universe’s nature.
Musk emphasized Grok’s advantage in having access to real-time information from the X platform, setting it apart from the initial versions of some competitors. However, increasingly up-to-date responses are becoming available to paying customers through other AI tools.
Grok is currently in a testing or “beta” phase but will eventually be accessible to paying subscribers of X. Elon Musk announced on Sunday that the AI chatbot would be “integrated into the X app and offered as a standalone app”.