Elon Musk enters the AI industry with xAI

Emre Çitak
Jul 13, 2023
Updated • Jul 13, 2023

Elon Musk, an exceptional entrepreneur with a visionary mindset, has made remarkable contributions to the realms of technology, space exploration, and renewable energy. In addition, he has emerged as a prominent advocate for the responsible advancement of artificial intelligence (AI).

Musk firmly believes in the immense potential of AI to bring about positive changes in our world. However, he also emphasizes the need for cautious development to avoid potential hazards. In 2014, he co-founded OpenAI, a non-profit research organization committed to ensuring that AI is beneficial to humanity.

And now, Musk took a significant step towards actualizing his vision of an AI that prioritizes human well-being by launching a new AI venture named xAI.

On July 12, 2023, the xAI website went live, though its exact objectives remain unclear. Musk has expressed his desire to create TruthGPT, an AI system that seeks to comprehend the fundamental nature of our universe.

xAI Elon Musk
Elon Musk's research on AI has started as of today

What is xAI?

xAI, an abbreviation for "extensible artificial intelligence", signifies its ability to adapt and scale across various applications.

Musk envisions xAI as a solution to critical global challenges, including climate change and poverty.

You are cordially invited to join the xAI team for an engaging and interactive Twitter Spaces chat session scheduled for Friday, July 14th. During this event, the members of the xAI team will be available to connect with you personally and address any inquiries you may have.

The objectives of xAI

While the specific goals of xAI are still being formulated, Musk has outlined three key areas of focus for the company:

Truth-seeking: xAI aims to pursue the truth relentlessly, even if it proves inconvenient or unpopular. This dedication ensures the ethical utilization of AI for the betterment of society.

Transparency: xAI is designed to be transparent, enabling users to comprehend its decision-making process and inner workings. This transparency fosters trust and understanding between humans and AI.

Safety: xAI prioritizes safety, preventing malicious exploitation and safeguarding individuals and the environment from potential harm.

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xAI aims to support Elon Musk's dreams of ethical AI

The team behind xAI is more than capable

The team behind xAI has a wealth of experience in the field of AI. They have worked on a variety of AI projects, including the development of large language models, self-driving cars, and AI safety.

The team includes:

  1. Elon Musk: Musk is the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Neuralink. He is also a co-founder of OpenAI
  2. Igor Babuschkin: Babuschkin is a former engineer at DeepMind. He is currently the CTO of xAI
  3. Tony Wu: Wu is a former research scientist at Google. He is currently the head of research at xAI
  4. Christian Szegedy: Szegedy is a former research scientist at Google. He is currently the head of AI safety at xAI
  5. Greg Yang: Yang is a former engineer at Microsoft. He is currently the head of operations at xAI

Musk previously warned people about AI

Elon Musk has warned about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) on multiple occasions.

In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Musk said that AI is "potentially more dangerous than nukes". He also said that AI could "pose an existential threat" to humanity.

Musk's concerns about AI are based on the fact that AI is becoming increasingly powerful and sophisticated. He believes that AI could eventually become smarter than humans and that this could lead to AI taking control of the world.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/31/whats-gif-explanation-and-how-to-use-it/#comment-4562919 (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IYl1sTIOHI

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/09/how-to-send-gifs-on-iphone-two-different-ways/]. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current ghacks.net is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, ghacks.net has changed in quality.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/02/microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573130
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/08/31/in-windows-11-the-line-between-legitimate-and-adware-becomes-increasingly-blurred/#comment-4573117
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin: ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/01/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-august-2023-changes/#comment-4573033

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
    >> github.com/martinrotter/rssguard#readme

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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