Elon Musk’s new ChatGPT?!

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Here is a story about how the richest person in the world is annoyed that current artificial intelligence companies produce AIs that are too sensitive to humans, so he is starting a rival AI company to produce AIs that will … look, it does not actually say “murder us all” in the story, but I think you can see where this is heading:

Elon Musk has approached artificial intelligence researchers in recent weeks about forming a new research lab to develop an alternative to ChatGPT, the high-profile chatbot made by the startup OpenAI, according to two people with direct knowledge of the effort and a third person briefed on the conversations.

In recent months Musk has repeatedly criticized OpenAI for installing safeguards that prevent ChatGPT from producing text that might offend users. Musk, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but has since cut ties with the startup, suggested last year that OpenAI’s technology was an example of “training AI to be woke.” His comments imply that a rival chatbot would have fewer restrictions on divisive subjects compared to ChatGPT and a related chatbot Microsoft recently launched.

To spearhead the effort, Musk has been recruiting Igor Babuschkin, a researcher who recently left Alphabet’s DeepMind AI unit and specializes in the kind of machine-learning models that power chatbots like ChatGPT. In an interview, Babuschkin said building a chatbot with fewer content safeguards is not Musk’s objective.

“The goal is to improve the reasoning abilities and the factualness of these language models,” he said. That includes making sure the model’s responses are more trustworthy and reliable, he said.

I mean if you saw a movie and a billionaire character was like “AI today is too nice, we need to make an AI with better reasoning abilities that is not afraid to face facts,” how would that movie end? Really! If the end of human life on earth is an Elon Musk-sponsored AI wiping out humanity while Musk himself hops on a rocket to Mars, will you be surprised? I am looking forward to writing that last week of Money Stuff. “Having a bit of AI existential angst today,” Musk tweeted on Sunday, ah.


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