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Elon Musk said Friday that his new artificial intelligence company, xAI, can be trusted more than OpenAI and Google to build safe AI systems when computers become smarter than humans.
However, discussing his AI plans on Twitter two days after the company’s launch, he didn’t shed light on how xAI’s work would differ from rivals who are years ahead or the kind of services he hoped to create.
xAI launched this week with a mission to “understand the true nature of the universe.”
In a rambling 90-minute chat that drew more than 30,000 listeners to his social media site, Musk spoke at length about whether aliens exist and why super-intelligent machines might decide not to destroy humanity, but told About xAI’s work: “We’re just getting started here, it’s really embryonic.
xAI has joined a race to build machines with human-level intelligence, known as artificial general intelligence, or AGI. Earlier this year, Musk was one of the signers of a letter calling for a six-month delay in the development of advanced AI to allow time to focus more on security.
“I really struggled with this AGI thing for a long time and was kind of reluctant to get to it,” he said. “But it really looks like at this stage it looks like AGI is going to happen, so there are two choices, to be a spectator or a participant. As a spectator there is not much you can do to influence the outcome.
Musk said he first got involved in AI, as the founder of OpenAI, after deciding that Google co-founder Larry Page “just didn’t take it at the time.” (AI security) pretty seriously.” He left OpenAI before embarking on a series of breakthroughs in large language models that led to the launch of ChatGPT late last year.
The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur said OpenAI had become “voracious for profit” and that, as public companies, Google and Microsoft were subject to “all these ESG (environmental, social and governance) mandates and stuff. ) that push companies in questionable directions”.
“As a company that is not publicly traded, xAI is not subject to market-based incentives, or non-market-based ESG incentives,” Musk said. “We are a little freer to operate.”