People who know about the situation told The Information that billionaire Elon Musk recently talked to AI researchers about setting up a new research center to come up with an alternative to ChatGPT.
Musk has also been trying to get Igor Babuschkin, a researcher who recently left Alphabet’s DeepMind AI unit and specializes in the machine-learning models that make chatbots like ChatGPT possible, to lead the initiative. According to Babuschkin, who spoke with The Information, Musk isn’t trying to make a chatbot with fewer content restrictions.
Musk used the phrase “training AI to woke” when discussing OpenAI’s technology last year, so the timing of this report isn’t coincidental.
ChatGPT was released on November 30 as part of a larger suite of technologies developed by San Francisco-based startup OpenAI, which has a close partnership with Microsoft.
Since then, it has attracted millions of users, many of whom employ it for professional purposes like composing emails, conducting research, etc.
It’s part of the next generation of AI systems that can have natural conversations and write prose that humans can understand. A natural conversation between the AI and the person asking questions is the goal here.
It’s designed to be user-friendly and is available to anyone with an internet connection for no cost. However, earlier this month OpenAI announced that it would also be releasing a premium subscription version.
Musk has recently brought to light a number of bizarre stories concerning artificial intelligence, such as Bing Chat’s propensity for “creepy” comments and the disclosure of ChatGPT.
Despite the current worldwide fascination with ChatGPT and AI, he seems unable to change his mind despite his claim from almost five years ago that AI posed a greater threat than nuclear weapons.
Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, stressed on Friday that this was “not what he had intended,” despite his role as a co-founder of OpenAI, the company behind the popular chatbot. Musk quit OpenAI’s board in 2018 so that he wouldn’t have to deal with any problems as Tesla moved into the AI industry.
At Tesla and SpaceX, he reportedly spent a great deal of time and effort troubleshooting engineering and manufacturing problems. He said, “I didn’t agree with certain of the OpenAI team’s goals,” adding that Tesla and OpenAI were competing for the same employees.
Musk has repeatedly told the public that ChatGPT and AI have advantages and disadvantages, as well as a lot of potentials, but he has also warned of the major risks that lie ahead. The business mogul demands government oversight of AI to ensure its safe use.