Tech investor Elon Musk intends to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that will be “truth-seeking” and safe for mankind. Admitting he is starting late, the billionaire nevertheless vowed to try to present a “third option” that will challenge the products of giants Microsoft and Google.
Elon Musk Slams Microsoft-Funded Openai, Google Founder for AI Approach
Entrepreneur Elon Musk announced he plans to create his own AI that will rival the offerings of tech giants. The new platform, which he referred to as “Truthgpt,” should try to understand the universe without threatening humanity.
Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Musk accused Openai, the developer of the Chatgpt chatbot, of “training the AI to lie.” He believes the company is now a “closed-source”, “for-profit” organization in which “Microsoft has a very strong say.”
Elon Musk helped found Openai in 2015 “to serve as a counterweight to Google.”
In the interview aired on Monday, the billionaire also criticized Larry Page, the co-founder of the tech giant, of not taking AI safety seriously.
Musk recently joined a group of AI experts and executives who warned about potential risks to society and called for a six-month pause in the development of systems that are more powerful than Openai’s latest GPT-4 model.
“AI is more dangerous than, say, mismanaged aircraft design or production maintenance or bad car production,” he told Carlson.
“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,” the owner of Tesla elaborated.
He also said that his AI platform “might be the best path to safety” that would be “unlikely to annihilate humans,” according to excerpts quoted by Reuters.
Sources familiar with the plan have told the news agency that Musk has been recruiting AI researchers from Google to launch an AI startup.
While admitting the project is starting late, he insisted he “will try to create a third option,” after Openai’s Chatgpt and Google’s Bard.
In March, the investor registered a company called X.AI Corp in Nevada.