(San Francisco) Elon Musk founded a new company specializing in artificial intelligence (AI), called X. AI and headquartered in Nevada, in March, according to an official document consulted by Agence France-Presse regarding the registry of companies registered in this US state.
According to an article published Friday financial times (FT), the new entity should compete with OpenAI, the California company that designed ChatGPT, a generative artificial intelligence program capable of interacting with humans and producing all kinds of texts on demand.
The success of this interface since its release at the end of November has launched a real race for this high-potential technology.
Since the end of February, many specialized media outlets have been reporting that Elon Musk is investing in this area.
According to their anonymous sources, he recently recruited Igor Babuschkin and Manuel Kroiss, both of whom worked at DeepMind, the AI subsidiary of Alphabet (Google’s parent company).
He also reportedly bought about 10,000 graphics processors—computers needed to train language models, the basis of generative AI systems.
However, the entrepreneur signed a call last month to take a break from researching the next generation of AI.
Hundreds of signatories raise various risks related to this technology, asking in these terms: “Is it advisable to develop non-human spirits that could eventually surpass us in number and intelligence, and take our place?”.
Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015, before leaving the company in 2018.
Since then, he has criticized the company, saying in particular in a tweet last December that it is training artificial intelligence to “wake up” (a term referring to a fringe of the American left), that is, to “lie.”
X.AI’s official registration document, dated March 9, 2023, lists one director, Elon Musk, and a secretary, Jared Birchall — a former Morgan Stanley banker who manages the billionaire’s fortune, according to FT.
“X” is a mathematical symbol that the head of Tesla, SpaceX, Twitter, and Neuralink is particularly fond of.
Prior to the Twitter acquisition, he made cryptic references to “X,” his vision of a multipurpose app (messaging, social network, financial services, etc.), like WeChat in China.
He also recently changed Twitter’s name to “X Corp,” and the social network’s headquarters are no longer in Delaware (where most US companies are located), but in Nevada.
It is found in the first name of one of his children, a boy baptized XA-12.
“Music guru. Incurable web practitioner. Thinker. Lifelong zombie junkie. Tv buff. Typical organizer. Evil beer scholar.”