For months now, after a falling out with Open AI, Elon Musk has been broadcasting his fears about the future of AI.
He solicited the support of top AI figures, including Steve Wozniak and Andrew Yangto, to sign an open letter calling for a six-month pause on developing AI systems more potent than GPT-4, the current version of the generative tool that first launched in November 2022.
The letter, which also included included Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque, researchers at Alphabet-owned DeepMind, Stuart Russel, an AI pioneering researcher, and Yoshua Bengio, sometimes dubbed the “godfather of AI” also got behind the letter, which lobbied for intervention from sovereign governments.
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Well, things have now taken a turn.
Yes, Elon Musk is now launching his own AI company to compete with the likes of Open AI and Bard.
The company is named X.AI.
On CNBC.. Brian Sullivan , put the question to Richard Waters, Financial Times editor:
Do we need to start talking about Altman and Musk, and Google in the same conversation?
‘Elon Musk wants to be in the middle of that conversation, where else would he want to be?… As you said, he was one of the original founders of Open AI, one of the people who got it started.. there was some tension .. with the board… there were some disagreements about what AI safety meant… how hard you should push… how careful you should be with these things… ‘
On a critical discussion on haystack, the host said his initial reaction was ‘Do as I say, not as I do’
Though we could read this as turning an old adage on its head.
‘If you can’t beat them, join them’…
‘If you can’t join them, beat them!’
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