Elon Musk Recruits Team to Develop OpenAI’s ChatGPT
TECHDIGEST– Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Twitter, has been in talks with AI researchers about forming a new research lab that would develop an alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Musk has been recruiting Igor Babuschkin, a researcher who recently left Alphabet’s DeepMind AI unit, to be a part of this new team. This news was first reported by The Information
This move comes after OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot that can draft prose, poetry or even computer code on command, gained widespread attention in Silicon Valley. The chatbot was co-developed by OpenAI, a nonprofit startup that Musk co-founded in 2015 along with Sam Altman, a Silicon Valley investor. However, Musk had left OpenAI’s board in 2018.
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Despite leaving the board, Musk had praised the chatbot on social media, calling it “scary good”. This is not the first time that Musk has expressed concerns about artificial intelligence, as he has been vocal about the dangers of AI in the past. This move could be seen as an attempt by Musk to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to AI development, and to create a product that is more aligned with his vision for the future of the technology.
The report states that Musk and Babuschkin have discussed assembling a team to pursue AI research, but the project is still in the early stages, and there are no concrete plans to develop specific products yet. In an interview with The Information, Babuschkin said that he has not officially signed onto the Musk initiative.