So, I was watching Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson yesterday, and you won’t believe what Elon Musk said.
He’s launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform called “TruthGPT” to compete with Microsoft and Google.
Musk had some harsh words for Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the company behind the famous chatbot ChatGPT, accusing them of “training the AI to lie” and becoming a “closed source”, “for-profit” organization “closely allied with Microsoft”.
He also accused Google co-founder Larry Page of not taking AI safety seriously.
During the interview, Musk said that TruthGPT “might be the best path to safety” and could prevent the AI from “annihilating humans”.
He wants to create a “maximum truth-seeking AI” that can understand the nature of the universe.
But Musk isn’t just talking about it. He’s been poaching AI researchers from Google to launch a startup to rival OpenAI.
Last month, he registered a new firm called X.AI Corp, which listed him as the sole director.
This move comes despite Musk and a group of AI experts and industry executives calling for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI’s new GPT-4, citing potential risks to society.
Musk reiterated his warnings about AI during the interview, saying “AI is more dangerous than, say, mismanaged aircraft design or production maintenance or bad car production”.
He believes that super-intelligent AI can write incredibly well and potentially manipulate public opinions, which could lead to “civilizational destruction”.
Musk even met with former U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the need for AI regulation.
He co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but stepped down from the company’s board in 2018 to focus on his other ventures, like Tesla and SpaceX.
I had to focus on solving a painfully large number of engineering & manufacturing problems at Tesla (especially) & SpaceX— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 17, 2019
Now, he’s also the CEO of Twitter, which he bought for $44 billion last year. During the interview, Musk said he recently valued Twitter at “less than half” of the acquisition price.
It’ll be interesting to see how Musk’s new TruthGPT platform fares against established players like Microsoft and Google.
In January, Microsoft announced a further multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI, intensifying the competition with Google and fueling the race to attract AI funding in Silicon Valley.
Anyway, Musk, OpenAI, Microsoft, and Page did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. So, we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.