Elon Musk creates X.AI, an artificial intelligence start-up

Eva Deschamps / April 16, 2023

Elon Musk founded in March a new company specialized in artificial intelligence (AI), named X.AI and based in Nevada, according to an official document consulted by AFP on the register of companies registered in this American state.
According to an article published Friday by the Financial Times (FT), the new entity is to compete with OpenAI, the California-based startup that designed ChatGPT, a generative AI program capable of interacting with humans and producing all sorts of texts on demand.
The success of this interface since its release at the end of November has launched a real race for this high potential technology.
Since late February, various specialized media have reported that Elon Musk is investing in this field.
According to their anonymous sources, he recently recruited Igor Babuschkin and Manuel Kroiss, both of whom came from DeepMind, the AI arm of Alphabet (Google's parent company).
It also reportedly purchased some 10,000 graphics processors - computers needed to train language models, the foundation of generative AI systems.
Yet the entrepreneur signed a call last month to pause research on next-generation AI. 
The hundreds of signatories mention various risks linked to this technology, and ask themselves in these terms: "Is it desirable to develop non-human minds that could eventually outnumber and outwit us, and replace us?
Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015, before leaving the company in 2018.
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