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Elon Musk Announces Plans to Open Source Grok Chatbot Amidst OpenAI Dispute

In a recent development, Elon Musk declared his intention to open source Grok, his chatbot designed to compete with ChatGPT, further intensifying his ongoing feud with OpenAI.

The renowned entrepreneur introduced Grok late last year in an effort to keep pace with OpenAI, a project he played a crucial role in founding in 2015 by providing significant early-stage funding.

Having parted ways with OpenAI a few years later, Musk recently filed a surprising lawsuit against the company, accusing it of deviating from its original non-profit mission to democratize AI research.

“This week, @xAI will open source Grok,” Musk announced in a post on X, sparking engagement in the ongoing philosophical debates in Silicon Valley regarding the future of artificial intelligence.

Within the tech investment community, opinions are divided on the trajectory of AI development and the appropriate advancement of the technology.

One faction, represented by companies like Meta, advocates for an open-source approach that allows researchers and other companies to access the inner workings of the technology, fostering the development of new products and innovations. In December, Meta, IBM, and numerous startups and researchers formed an alliance to defend a more open and collaborative AI, expressing concerns that regulatory measures might impede this approach.

Contrastingly, OpenAI and Google support a higher level of secrecy to safeguard the technology from potential misuse and to generate revenue necessary to recover the substantial computing costs associated with building cutting-edge tools.

Following the filing of his lawsuit, Musk suggested in a post that he would drop the case if OpenAI rebranded itself as “ClosedAI.”

OpenAI countered Musk’s claims, asserting that the lawsuit and his endorsement of open source development are merely expressions of dissatisfaction after leaving the company.

Musk, one of the few investors globally with the financial capacity to rival OpenAI, Google, or Meta in the AI space, emphasized the substantial expenses involved in building an AI model of comparable scale, including computing power, infrastructure, and expertise.



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