Social network X owner Elon Musk said Friday that its premium subscribers will get early access to startup xAI’s AI chatbot Grok. The Grok chatbot can answer questions interactively using a knowledge base similar to that used to train OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot and other comparable language models (e.g. Llama 2 from Meta✴).
According to Musk, Grok also uses real-time access to data from the social network X to respond. In addition, like ChatGPT, it has access to the Internet to obtain up-to-date information on specific topics. “Grok has access to real-time information through the X platform, which is a huge advantage over other models,” Musk said on social media X. “xAI’s Grok system is designed to have a little humor in its responses,” he added . In another post, the billionaire noted that Grok “loves sarcasm and is based on sarcasm.” According to Musk, the chatbot will refuse to answer questions of a “sensitive” nature, for example, it will leave unanswered a request to tell about the method of manufacturing the drug.
On Friday morning, Musk said his startup xAI would release its first AI model, presumably Grok, to a “select group” of users on Saturday, November 4th. Later that evening, he added that Premium Plus subscribers will have access to Grok as soon as it exits early beta testing.
At the moment, very little is known about Grok, as well as about other xAI startup projects. In September, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who considers himself a close friend of Musk, said that xAI had signed a contract to train its AI models on the Oracle cloud. But xAI itself has so far said nothing about these AI models or the problems they are designed to solve.
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