April 13, 2024
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Grok is a chatbot but the product child of xAi – Elon’s new company and a competition to OpenAi chatbot.

It is modeled after The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and is intended to answer “spicy questions” that other AI chatbots refuse. Grok is powered by a large language model called Grok-1, which has surpassed GPT-3.5, the model used in the freely available version of ChatGPT, on some benchmarks such as solving middle-school maths problems.

So some real competition here.

A unique and fundamental advantage of Grok is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the 𝕏 platform. It will also answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.

Grok is still a very early beta product – the best we could do with 2 months of training – so expect it to improve rapidly with each passing week with your help.

xAi team

A few months after Elon started OpenAI with Sam Altman, they sat down to talk about the optimal AI future. Elon said the democratization of AI tech is the most important factor in avoiding bad outcomes

And then the fallout happened 🙁

Now, What is X.ai?

xAI is a new artificial intelligence company founded by Elon Musk with the goal of “understanding the true nature of the universe” They are guided by our mission to advance our collective understanding of the universe.

The team behind xAI includes former employees of prominent AI companies such as OpenAI, DeepMind, Microsoft, and Tesla

Relation to X Corp

The company is separate from Musk’s overarching X Corp but will work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla, and other companies. According to xAI co-founder Greg Yang, the startup will delve into the “mathematics of deep learning” and “develop the ‘theory of everything’ for large neural networks” to take AI “to the next level”. 

The company is advised by Dan Hendrycks, director of the Center for AI Safety, a nonprofit that aims to “reduce societal-scale risks associated with AI”

Open Ai strikes back on DevDay Keynote – November 6th.

In November 2022, ChatGPT had 100 million weekly active users, and OpenAI plans to introduce a GPT Store this month for sharing and earning money with customized AI apps. These apps, called “GPTs,” are early versions of AI assistants designed for real-world tasks like booking flights, a new effort following previous attempts to build a ChatGPT plugin ecosystem earlier this year.

“Eventually, you’ll just ask the computer for what you need, and it’ll do all of these tasks for you,” Altman said in his keynote speech at the event in San Francisco.

“We really believe that gradual iterative deployment is the best way to address the safety challenges of AI. We think it’s especially important to move carefully towards this future.”

During the AI lab’s inaugural developer conference, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman presented the latest developments. The event drew 900 developers from across the globe and represented the company’s most recent endeavor to leverage ChatGPT’s popularity, offering incentives to encourage ecosystem development.

Summary updates of the event.

OpenAI released 128k context GPT-4 Turbo

This means GPT-4 is cheaper, faster, and can now read a prompt as long as an entire book.

The announcement comes with additional huge news for developers, New Assistants API for Code Interpreter and Retrieval.

  • GPT-4 Turbo updated knowledge cutoff to April 2023
  • New GPT-4 Turbo Vision API
  • New Dall-E 3 API
  • New text-to-speech API (6 preset voices to choose from & insanely realistic voice)
  • A new Whisper V3 model coming soon
  • Slashed rate limits (cheaper development costs)

Other key points to note about GPT-4 Turbo include:

  • It comes in two versions: one that’s strictly text-analyzing and a second version that understands the context of both text and images.
  • The text-analyzing model is available in preview via an API starting today, and OpenAI plans to make both generally available “in the coming weeks”.
  • OpenAI is doubling the tokens-per-minute rate.
  • OpenAI is collaborating closely with a single partner to prepare the image input capability for wider availability.

Satya takes the stage

During the conference, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft (a key supporter of OpenAI), made an unexpected appearance to reaffirm his backing for the substantial efforts in constructing foundational models. Microsoft has contributed over $10 billion to support OpenAI.

“We commit ourselves deeply to making sure you all, as builders of these foundation models, have not only the best systems for training and inference but the most compute so that you can keep pushing forward on the frontier,” he said.

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