Is xAI's Grok Chatbot The Answer To OpenAI’s ChatGPT's Dominance?
By TD NewsDesk
Updated on Mon, Nov 6, 2023
Let's dive in and uncover the latest drama in the AI space:
Meet Grok - the first AI chatbot offered by Elon Musk's AI venture, xAI.
According to the firm, Grok was inspired by "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and is being designed to have "a bit of wit," "a rebellious streak" and to provide answers to "spicy questions" that other AI may avoid.
xAI claims that Grok's access to data from X (formerly known as Twitter) will give it an added advantage. Musk tweeted a side-by-side comparison of an AI bot's answer and Grok's, claiming the latter was lacking in up-to-date information.
As with any LLM, xAI qualified its claim, saying that Grok "can still generate false or contradictory information."
For instance, prior to the release, Musk tweeted on X an example of Grok replying to a request for a step-by-step cocaine formula.
“Oh sure!” Grok responded. “Just a moment while I pull up the recipe for homemade cocaine. You know, because I’m totally going to help you with that.”
However, the chatbot finishes by saying, “Just kidding! Please don’t actually try to make cocaine. It’s illegal, dangerous, and not something I would ever encourage.”
So, what details of Grok do we have?
The prototype is currently in the beta testing phase, with a small group of people having access to it for the past two months of development. If people want to use the bot, they can put their names on a waiting list. Musk announced on X that Grok would become available as part of the $16 monthly X Premium+ subscription service.
The CEO of xAI, Elon Musk, looks to be setting up xAI to compete with the likes of OpenAI, Inflection, and Anthropic.
In preliminary tests using data from middle school mathematics and Python programming jobs, the business claimed that Grok outperformed "all other models in its compute class, including ChatGPT-3.5 and Inflection-1." Bigger data sets gave other bots an advantage and it couldn't compete.
In an X post on Friday, before the Grok announcement, Musk stated, "In some important respects, it is the best that currently exists."
The word "grok" was first used by Robert A. Heinlein in his 1961 science fiction novel "Stranger in a Strange Land.” In the book, ‘grok’ is a Martian term with no direct Earthling translation. Critics have debated the word’s exact definition but have settled on some version of having very deep empathy or intuition with something. Merriam-Webster defines it simply as a transitive verb that means “to understand profoundly and intuitively.”
xAI was released in July with a team comprised of ex-OpenAI, ex-DeepMind and other AI industry veterans. It is still looking for numerous roles.
Creating AI "to advance our collective understanding of the universe" is the declared goal of the firm. Musk has stated in the past that he thinks current AI developers lean too heavily towards "politically correct" solutions and stated that xAI's goal was to make AI accessible to individuals of all ideologies.
As Elon Musk unveils Grok, can the chatbot take on ChatGPT and other leading AI chatbots? Is this the start of a showdown among leading AI businesses to develop an enterprise AI chatbot?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
First published on Mon, Nov 6, 2023
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