Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has founded a new artificial intelligence (AI) company called X.AI Corp. This development comes despite his previous vocal criticism of AI and advocacy for its regulation.
According to state filings viewed by The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, X.AI Corp is incorporated in Nevada and has Musk listed as the sole director. The company also lists Jared Birchall, the director of Musk’s family offices, as its secretary. Musk has a well-known affinity for the letter “X” and recently renamed Twitter, Inc. as X Corp.
Musk is not new to AI projects, having co-founded OpenAI almost a decade ago. However, he left the company due to disagreements about the commercialization of the technology. In recent years, Musk has been an outspoken critic of AI and signed an open letter urging tech leaders to pause its development for six months. Musk believed that AI was politically biased, commenting on the “danger of training AI to be woke.” He also expressed a desire to create AI models that are “truth-seeking.”
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It is unclear what Musk’s plans are for X.AI Corp and whether he intends to build a ChatGPT rival. Reports suggest that he hired two former DeepMind researchers in March, including Igor Babuschkin, who is believed to be leading the new project. Musk also reportedly purchased 10,000 GPUs for AI development at one of Twitter’s data centers. Additionally, The Times reports that he is already in talks with Tesla and SpaceX investors to put money into his new venture.
Musk’s move into the AI space is not surprising given his history of innovation and disruption. He has made significant contributions to electric vehicles, space travel, and solar energy. Musk’s entrance into the AI space could signal a new era of innovation and advancement in this field.
However, there are concerns about the potential dangers of AI, including job displacement, data privacy, and the risk of unintended consequences. Musk’s advocacy for the regulation of AI reflects these concerns. He will likely approach the development of AI responsibly and ethically.
The future of X.AI Corp is uncertain, but it is clear that Musk has ambitious plans for the company. He has a track record of success and has previously disrupted industries with his innovative ideas. AI’s development can revolutionize how we live and work, and it will be interesting to see what Musk and his team at X.AI Corp will achieve in this field.