Elon Musk Discloses Sooner-than-Expected Access to Grok AI for X Premium Subscribers


Elon Musk is set to enter the generative AI chatbot market with Grok AI. The tech mogul announced that it will be available to X Premium users as soon as next week

Throughout this year, the spotlight has been on generative AI, with the likes of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, and Microsoft’s Bing AI gaining popularity. While ChatGPT has been in use for almost a year, Bing and Bard were unveiled in February. Now, Elon Musk is poised to enter the generative AI chatbot arena with Grok AI.

Earlier this month, the owner of X announced the Grok AI chatbot, which, according to the XAI team, will answer “spicy questions” avoided by other chatbots. Described as having a “rebellious streak,” Grok AI is not recommended for those who “lack a sense of humor.” Musk has now shared a tentative launch timeline for Grok AI, and it’s sooner than anticipated.

Interactions with Grok AI could commence as early as next week, although Musk hasn’t specified an exact date. Notably, Grok AI will be exclusive to X Premium users, meaning those who don’t subscribe to X won’t have access to the new AI chatbot.

In announcing GrokAI’s launch next week, Musk stated, “Grok should be available to all X Premium+ subscribers next week.” Musk has been resharing tweets from individuals who have interacted with Grok AI, revealing its penchant for responding with sarcastic humor to a wide array of questions. More details about the chatbot will emerge once it is officially launched.

The XAI team introduced Grok AI as an assistant modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, designed to answer nearly anything and suggest questions to ask. Grok is intended to respond with wit and has a rebellious streak, making it unsuitable for those who dislike humor. The team noted that Grok will have real-time knowledge of the world through X, potentially deriving information from users’ publicly available Twitter posts.

Despite being in the beta stage with just two months of training, the xAI team anticipates rapid improvement with user input. Meanwhile, Musk, in a conversation with UK PM Rishi Sunak earlier this month, labeled AI as the most “destructive force in history” and predicted a future where AI could replace human jobs entirely.

This is not the first time Musk has voiced concerns about AI dangers. Since the launch of ChatGPT by OpenAI, he has consistently criticized the chatbot as “too woke” and joined other tech experts in signing an open letter calling for a ban on AI development to safeguard humanity’s interests.

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