Elon Musk’s ambitions for his own AI business are beginning to take shape. According to the Twitter CEO, he wants to “create a third option” for a firm that may compete with OpenAI and Google.
Musk told Fox News that he is considering naming the endeavour “TruthGPT” and that the goal is to create a “maximum truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe” that “hopefully does more good than harm.”
Musk admitted that he would be at a big disadvantage compared to his competitors because he is “starting late.”
And, as is frequently the case, it is unclear how serious or far advanced his ideas are. However, curiosity over Musk’s AI ambitions has grown as he recently filed a registration for a company dubbed X.AI Corp.
He also allegedly purchased thousands of GPUs and engaged DeepMind researchers for an unnamed Twitter AI project. It’s unclear whether the two programmes are linked. Musk has been known to transfer personnel between his firms.
Musk stated that he was motivated by concerns about the direction of AI and the damage it could represent to humans. Notably, he was an early supporter of OpenAI, which he assisted in founding in 2015.
Musk, however, withdrew himself from the organisation following a reported disagreement with Sam Altman about who would lead the organisation. He has lately chastised OpenAI for establishing a for-profit subsidiary and collaborating with Microsoft.
While it’s unclear how Musk’s AI initiatives would affect Twitter, he did hint at one impending addition to the platform.
He stated that Twitter is working on a feature that will allow users to optionally encrypt their direct messages and that it will be “hopefully coming out later this month, but no later than next month.”
Encrypted direct messaging has long been rumoured, and Musk, a noted supporter of encrypted messaging apps, has previously stated that Twitter should offer Signal-style encryption.
“If you are in a conversation that you believe is sensitive, you can simply toggle encryption on, and no one at Twitter will be able to see what you’re talking about,” Musk explained.