Musk launches rival AI chatbot ‘with a rebellious streak’ 

Elon Musk launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that boasts a “rebellious streak” and real-time access to information on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Musk, the owner of X, said in a Sunday post the new Grok AI tool will be integrated with the social media website and be a stand-alone app.  

At the moment, Grok is in a “very early beta product stage,” Musk’s xAI company said in a blog post.  

The company said it is the “best we could do with 2 months of training — so expect it to improve rapidly with each passing week with your help.”  

Musk said Grok’s “real-time access to info” from X will give it a “massive advantage” over other platforms.  

The Grok AI assistant will be provided to X users who pay for the Premium+ subscription, which is $16 per month, Musk said. Users can also sign up for a waitlist to get access to Grok as the company builds on the prototype.  

Grok, which appears to be part of a growing list of chatbots looking to rival OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT, is “designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak.”

In a post, xAI warned users, “don’t use it if you hate humor!” 

The tool will also “answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems,” according to xAI. 

Musk’s launch of Grok comes as global leaders have been mulling ways to add guardrails for AI as the technology becomes more prevalent.  

Last week, the Biden administration released a sweeping AI executive order. Vice President Harris also spoke last week at the Global Summit for AI Safety.  

The Senate also held two more AI briefings last week to discuss the benefits, risks and possible regulations for the technology. This week the Senate will hold another forum about AI and its impact on elections.  

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