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Elon Musk Launched AI chatbot Grok to Rival ChatGPT and Others

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Elon Musk Launched AI chatbot Grok to Rival ChatGPT and Others

“Please don’t use it if you hate humor!”

Perhaps this phrase alone could be enough to describe a chatbot Grok, the first product of Elon Musk’s AI company, xAI, to whose team this phrase belongs. But just in case, let’s list a few more facts about it:

  • Musk is positioning xAI to compete with OpenAI, Inflection, Anthropic and others. When he set up xAI in July, he hired the founding team mostly from Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and DeepMind.
  • Grok is a term coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his 1961 science fiction novel “Stranger in a Strange Land.” In the book, the word was a Martian term used with no explicit definition. The Oxford English dictionary defines ‘grok’ as a verb “to understand (something) intuitively or by empathy.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “to understand profoundly and intuitively.”
  • xAI said the Grok is “designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak.” As part of its training data, Grok uses posts from X, which allows it to answer questions with “real-time knowledge of the world,” xAI said. Musk claims this is “a massive advantage over other models” with a cut-off date by which training data is available. OpenAI’s latest GPT-4 language model, for example, has access to information until September 2021. If you ask ChatGPT a question about more recent events, it might not be able to answer.
  • The xAI team said Grok was powered by a large language model – the fundamental technology behind AI chatbots – called Grok-1. The blog post said Grok-1 had surpassed GPT-3.5, the model used in the freely available version of ChatGPT, on some benchmarks such as solving middle-school maths problems. However, xAI said it lagged behind the most powerful ChatGPT model, GPT-4.
  • Grok is currently available to a small group of testers and is expected to be released to a wider audience at a future date. Users can sign up on a waitlist using their X accounts. Musk said the chatbot will eventually be a feature of X Premium+, a $16-per-month subscription launched in late October.
  • Unknown Grok token rallies 1300% after Musk introduces chatbot.

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