xAI, an artificial intelligence start-up co-founded by SpaceX owner, Elon Musk, will unveil its inaugural AI model to a select group of users on Saturday 4th November, adding a new player to the evolving landscape of AI technology.
Elon Musk’s involvement in AI innovation is not new; he co-founded OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT, back in 2015. Though he stepped down from OpenAI’s board in 2018, he has maintained a presence in the AI field.
The upcoming reveal marks a significant milestone for xAI, and Musk, speaking on the potential and prowess of the start-up’s new model stated that “in some important respects, it is the best that currently exists,”
Elon Musk, a vocal critic of Big Tech’s AI initiatives and concerns over censorship, had previously announced his intention to launch a “maximum truth-seeking AI.” This ambitious AI endeavour aims to gain a deep understanding of the universe and put xAI in direct competition with tech giants like Google and Microsoft, represented by Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Bing AI.
The xAI project was launched in July of this year, and boasts a team composed of experts hailing from prominent AI research firms, including Google and Microsoft. Their combined expertise and efforts have led to the development of an AI model that is poised to make waves in the industry.
xAI, despite its independent identity, maintains close collaborations with Elon Musk-owned X (formerly Twitter). Additionally, xAI’s influence extends to Musk’s other ventures, including partnerships with Tesla and various other enterprises.
Larry Ellison, co-founder of tech giant, Oracle, also entered a contract with xAI in September, allowing the start-up to leverage Oracle’s cloud infrastructure for training its upcoming AI model.
As xAI prepares to introduce its first AI model, it has generated interest within the AI community and industry observers, especially regarding the innovative applications and capabilities it may bring to the AI domain, and how it would co-exist with rival AI models.