Elon Musk, who has recently been vociferous in his criticism of artificial intelligence, appears to be planning something AI-related.
According to The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, Musk has established X.AI Corp., a new artificial intelligence corporation.
According to a state filing from last month, the new firm is incorporated in Nevada and cites Musk as the sole director, as well as Jared Birchall, the director of his family’s offices, as the secretary.
The multi-company leader is well-known for his fondness for the letter “X,” and he just renamed Twitter, Inc. as X Corp.
Musk is no stranger to artificial intelligence ventures. He co-founded OpenAI before leaving nearly a decade ago.
However, following ChatGPT’s stratospheric growth in popularity, Musk lobbied for its regulation and signed an open letter urging tech leaders to put a six-month halt on its development.
According to the Journal, Musk believed ChatGPT was politically biassed — he reportedly warned on the “danger of training AI to be woke” — and that he wants to construct AI models that are “truth-seeking.”
However, Musk’s plans for X.AI Corp and if he intends to construct a ChatGPT rival remain unknown at this time. While details are still limited, earlier stories provide insight into Musk’s AI ambitions.
In March, he reportedly hired two former DeepMind researchers, including scientist Igor Babuschkin, who is thought to be in charge of the new project.
Musk is also said to have purchased 10,000 GPUs for AI research at one of Twitter’s data centres. Furthermore, The Times reports that he is already in talks with Tesla and SpaceX investors about investing in his new firm.