Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, has recently revealed his plans to launch an AI platform named “TruthGPT” to compete with the offerings of Microsoft and Google. In a recent interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, Musk criticized OpenAI, the firm backed by Microsoft and responsible for the chatbot sensation “ChatGPT,” for “training the AI to lie” and becoming a “closed-source,” “for-profit” organization closely associated with Microsoft.
Safety Concerns Related to AI
Musk, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but resigned from its board in 2018, has been poaching AI researchers from Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., to create a rival startup against OpenAI. He believes that an AI platform that focuses on understanding the universe, such as TruthGPT, would be the safest option. Musk has been vocal about his concerns regarding the safety of AI. He claims that “AI is more dangerous than mismanaged aircraft design or bad car production”. And that a highly intelligent AI could potentially manipulate public opinion, resulting in “civilizational destruction.”
Competition with OpenAI and Google
Musk’s TruthGPT platform will challenge the AI offerings of both Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Google. Musk accused Larry Page, co-founder of Google, of not taking AI safety seriously. Musk’s hiring of AI researchers from Google is a direct challenge to the tech giant’s AI dominance. Musk’s newly formed firm, X.AI Corp, has been incorporated in Nevada, with Musk serving as the sole director and Jared Birchall, the managing director of Musk’s family office, as the secretary.
Pushing for AI Regulation
Musk has been advocating for AI regulation and tweeted recently that he had met with former U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the need for “encouraging AI regulation.” Musk believes that regulating AI is critical in ensuring its safety and preventing potential risks to society.
Elon Musk’s announcement to launch “TruthGPT” is a direct challenge to Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Google’s AI offerings. His focus on AI safety and his advocacy for AI regulation reflects his concern that super-intelligent AI poses a threat of “civilizational destruction.” Musk’s new startup, X.AI Corp, and his hiring of AI researchers from Google demonstrate his determination to take on the tech giant’s AI dominance.