Elon Musk launches xAI, a new startup that will deal with artificial intelligence

With this new company, the owner of Twitter intends to compete with AI leaders such as OpenAi, Microsoft and Google

The owner of Twitter Elon Musk has announced the launch of his new company, xAI, which will be dedicated to artificial intelligence. With this new company, Musk intends to compete with AI leaders such as OpenAi, Microsoft and Google in the race to come up with a computer that could do more tasks than humans.

Musk talked about xAI for months and in March he registered a new company with that name in Nevada. Today, he notes the ‘Washington Post’, he presented a team of 11 employees, from OpenAi, Google and the University of Toronto, an academic research center on AI. The company is separate from Twitter and Musk’s other companies, SpaceX and Tesla, but would work closely with them.

Tesla, which has been building self-driving cars for years, already has a solid AI team and a huge amount of computers that allow it to process complex “large language models” that provide chatbots like ChatGpt of OpenAi and the ability to converse, write code and pass professional exams. And Twitter is a mine of data to help train any large language model. “The goal of xAI is to understand the true nature of the universe,” the company says.

It is not clear, notes the ‘Washington Post’, how xAI and Tesla will collaborate, since Tesla is a company with a large investor base. Musk has spoken out on artificial intelligence for years and was an early proponent of the belief that humans should be wary of developing more intelligent computers, fearing that one day superintelligent AI could spiral out of human control. He was a founding member of ChatGpt creator OpenAi, but left the company’s board in 2018 and has recently criticized its transformation from a non-profit to a for-profit company.

In an interview with CNBC in May, Musk said he’s “the reason OpenAo exists” and that the company hasn’t taken AI security concerns seriously enough.