Elon Musk’s new AI bot has an attitude – but only for these X subscribers


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Move over, ChatGPT. Watch out, Microsoft Bing. There’s a new chatbot in town that wants to get a piece of the AI action. X, aka Twitter, is introducing its own AI chatbot dubbed Grok, which the platform is already touting as superior in certain ways to rival AIs such as ChatGPT.

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Based on details in an announcement from the xAI Team, Grok is designed to answer almost any question and will even suggest questions for you to ask. Grok comes with real-time knowledge of the world based on information from X, which means it will be able to answer questions about contemporary topics. However, the challenge will be to provide accurate data from X without the misinformation that often appears on the platform.

Like ChatGPT and other AIs, Grok is based on a large language model (LLM) trained on millions of web pages and will use algorithms to understand and generate content. Known as Grok-1, the LLM powering Grok has been developed over the past four months during which time it has evolved, especially in its reasoning and coding capabilities, the team explained.

After a mere two months of training, the AI itself is considered to be in the very early beta phase and will rely on its future interactions with X users to help it improve and get smarter.

With AI all the rage, it’s only natural for Musk to want to take advantage of this trend. The generative AI arena has been getting more crowded with ChatGPT, Microsoft Bing, Google Bard, Claude AI, and a host of other platforms. But Musk does bring some expertise to the table. Before buying Twitter, he co-founded ChatGPT developer OpenAI in 2015.

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Modeled on the tongue-in-cheek sci-fi classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Grok is designed with a sense of humor and a rebellious edge, according to the team. The AI will answer questions with some wit and even respond to “spicy” questions that other AI bots won’t touch.

To show off Grok’s sense of humor, Musk posted two tweets that received sarcastic responses from the chatbot, one asking for the steps on how to make cocaine and another asking about Samuel Bankman-Fried, aka SBF, a former cryptocurrency entrepreneur who was convicted of fraud and is facing a heavy prison sentence.

The team acknowledged that Grok can fall into…