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Elon Musk Challenges OpenAI, Makes Grok AI Open Source

Steve Kornacki

BySteve Kornacki

Mar 11, 2024
Elon Musk Challenges OpenAI, Makes Grok AI Open Source

Making Grok Open Source

Amid an ongoing lawsuit against rival chatbot developer OpenAI, popular tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced that Grok (xAI) will now be open source. In a recent post on X, Musk announced that Grok would become open source starting this week.

While Musk did not delve into specifics, the responses to his post were overwhelmingly positive, with many commending him for taking this step. This development comes against the backdrop of a lawsuit filed by Musk against OpenAI on February 29, alleging a breach of the agreement established when OpenAI was initially founded as a nonprofit organization.

Musk argued that OpenAI’s partnership with Microsoft contradicted the core principles of the nonprofit agreement—the agreement aimed to advance open-source artificial general intelligence (AGI) for free. According to reports, Microsoft had invested close to $3 billion in OpenAI by the close of 2023, further complicating the dynamics of the legal dispute.

Musk’s lawsuit seeks to compel OpenAI to revert to its original commitment to open-source principles and halt its for-profit exploitation of AGI technology. Interestingly, shortly after the lawsuit was filed, OpenAI executives released a joint statement revealing emails from Musk, seemingly in agreement with the company’s transition into a for-profit entity.

Sam Altman’s Return And Musk’s Grok Decision

Amidst the legal proceedings, OpenAI reinstated Sam Altman as a board member after his previous dismissal and subsequent reappointment in November 2023. The board acknowledged their initial underestimation of his departure’s impact on the company.

This legal dispute has sparked a lively discussion within the tech community and investment circles regarding the advantages of open-source artificial intelligence (AI). Since its early days, Vinod Khosla, a key supporter of OpenAI, has characterized Musk’s legal actions as a substantial diversion from the main objectives of the Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) technology and its associated benefits.

In response, Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, has leveled accusations against Khosla, alleging that he is engaged in efforts to curtail open-source research in AI. Andreessen added that each significant technological advancement contributing to human well-being has been met with an artificially inflated moral panic throughout history.

Meanwhile, Musk has taken steps to align his actions with the ideals he sought in his lawsuit against OpenAI. One such step includes making Grok an open-source AI chatbot developed by his company, xAI.

With this move, Musk demonstrates his commitment to promoting open-source AGI for the betterment of humanity. Grok stands out from OpenAI’s ChatGPT bot in its ability to access real-time information through the X social media platform, responding to more contentious questions often avoided by other AI models.

Noteworthy comparisons have been drawn between Grok AI, driven by the Grok-1 large language model, and ChatGPT-3.5, revealing Grok’s superiority in certain aspects. However, it falls short when measured against OpenAI’s cutting-edge ChatGPT-4 model, emphasizing the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence.

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Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki, a respected author at Big Trends Signals, uses his deep online trading acumen to create comprehensive guides and balanced reviews, empowering traders in their digital pursuits.

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