In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Monday, Twitter owner and billionaire Elon Musk confirmed he is working on a “third option” in the AI wars to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. Musk’s AI system will be a “maximum truth-seeking AI” referred to as “TruthGPT”.
“I’m going to start something which I call TruthGPT or a maximum truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe,” Musk told Carkson. “And I think this might be the best path to safety in the sense that an AI that cares about understanding the universe is unlikely to annihilate humans because we are an interesting part of the universe.”
Musk had earlier hinted about having a ChatGPT rival. In February, he tweeted, “What we need is TruthGPT”. In March, Musk, with hundreds of other AI researchers, signed an open letter calling on all labs to immediately pause the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. Bloomberg reports that in the same month, the Tesla billionaire incorporated a new AI company, X.AI, in Nevada, according to state filings. Musk recently merged Twitter into his X Corp., which could be part of its grand plan to build the X “everything app”.
In a piece of related news, Twitter is now valued at $20 billion, a little below half of the $44 billion value for which Musk acquired the company. “We just revalued the company at less than half the acquisition price,” he told Carlson. The Information revealed that the Twitter owner offered employees new equity grants that now put the company’s valuation at half its acquisition price.
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