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Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers

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Musk, who also runs the electric carmaker Tesla and the rocket company SpaceX, has long seen his own A.I efforts as offering better, safer alternatives than those of his competitors, according to people who have discussed these matters with him.

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In December, Elon Musk became angry about the development of artificial intelligence and put his foot down.

He had learned of a relationship between OpenAI, the start-up behind the popular chatbot ChatGPT, and Twitter, which he had bought in October for $44 billion. OpenAI was licensing Twitter's data — a feed of every tweet — for about $2 million a year to help build ChatGPT, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Mr. Musk believed the A.I. start-up wasn't paying Twitter enough, they said.

So Mr. Musk cut OpenAI off from Twitter's data, they said.

Since then, Mr. Musk has ramped up his own A.I. activities, while arguing publicly about the technology's hazards. He is in talks with Jimmy Ba, a researcher and professor at the University of Toronto, to build a new A.I. company called X.AI, three people with knowledge of the matter said. He has hired top A.I. researchers from Google's DeepMind at Twitter. And he has spoken publicly about creating a rival to ChatGPT that generates politically charged material without restrictions.


From The New York Times

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