Elon Musk is assembling his latest team, this time to develop his own chatbot. The Tesla chief and Twitter boss have approached AI researchers in recent weeks about forming a new research lab to develop an alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Musk has called the chatbot “scary good.” But he also has repeatedly criticized OpenAI for installing safeguards that prevent ChatGPT from producing text that might offend users. He has claimed that OpenAI’s technology was an example of “training AI to be woke.”
Musk has gotten the ball rolling on developing his own rival chatbot. He has started recruiting, beginning with Igor Babuschkin, a researcher who recently left Google’s DeepMind AI unit, to spearhead the effort. Babuschkin specializes in the kind of machine-learning models that power chatbots like ChatGPT.
The report comes after ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot developed by OpenAI that can draft prose, poetry, or even computer code on command, gained widespread attention in Silicon Valley.
Musk co-founded OpenAI along with Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman in 2015 as a nonprofit startup. He left its board in 2018.
But his comments lately imply that a rival chatbot would have fewer restrictions on divisive subjects compared to ChatGPT and a related chatbot Microsoft recently launched.
Many AI experts have speculated that its launch signaled the dawn of AI tools that would revolutionize entire industries and likely even replace tools like Google’s search engine, while many others have pointed out that the chatbot sometimes tended to provide plausible-sounding but incorrect responses with glaring mistakes.
Musk has also widely pointed out the dangers of AI systems, calling them “humanity’s biggest threat”.
“One of the biggest risks to the future of civilization is AI. But AI is both positive or negative – it has great promise, great capability but also, with that comes great danger,” he had said.