() — Elon Musk announced the formation of a new company focused on artificial intelligence (AI) on Wednesday, after months of mocking plans to build a rival to ChatGPT.
The company, called x.AI, presented a website and a team of a dozen employees. The new company will be led by Musk, according to the website, and will “work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla and other companies to advance our mission.”
“The goal of xAI is to understand the true nature of the universe,” the website states, echoing language Musk has used before to describe his AI ambitions.
Musk was an early backer of OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, but later criticized the company for introducing security measures that aim to prevent the viral chatbot from spewing biased or sexist responses.
“The danger of training AI to be ‘aware’, in other words lie, is deadly,” Musk tweeted in December, responding to a Twitter user who asked the CEO of OpenAI if it was possible to “disable settings to alert” in ChatGPT. .
In an interview with then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson in April, Musk said he was scoffing at plans for his new AI company. “We’re going to start something I call TruthGPT,” he said, describing it as a “ultimate truth-seeking AI” that “cares about understanding the universe.”
Musk’s announcement of the new company comes months after he warned in an interview that he believes AI could cause the “destruction of civilization” and joined other tech leaders in calling for a pause in an AI race “out of the blue.” of control”.
Few other details about the company’s mission were immediately available, but the website indicates that it is actively recruiting staff. At the moment, the dozen or so employees on the website appear to be men.
The announcement of Musk’s latest adventure comes at a precarious time for Musk.
Twitter, the company it acquired for $44 billion in October, now faces an uncertain future after Meta launched a rival app called Threads. Meta’s app surpassed 100 million registrations in less than a week. Meanwhile, there were multiple reports of declining Twitter usage.