Elon Musk to launch TruthGPT
Elon Musk has revealed intentions to develop ‘TruthGPT,’ a platform for artificial intelligence (AI) that will compete with Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI. He intends to question their current AI products, which he argues are not oriented toward maximal truth-seeking.
During an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, Musk blasted Microsoft-backed OpenAI for “training the AI to lie.” He charged the company of being “closed source,” “for-profit,” and “closely allied with Microsoft.” He also slammed Google co-founder Larry Page, accusing him of failing to take AI safety seriously.
In the interview, he stated, “I’m going to start something I call ‘TruthGPT,’ or a maximum truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe.”
Musk claimed that TruthGPT would attempt to comprehend the nature of the cosmos, becoming the “best path to safety” that is “unlikely to annihilate humans.” He described the launch as an effort to establish a third choice in addition to Google and Microsoft’s existing offerings.
Ironically, Musk’s decision to unveil his AI platform comes only six months after he and a group of AI specialists asked for a six-month moratorium on constructing systems more powerful than OpenAI’s recently debuted GPT-4, citing potential societal hazards.
Musk has also stated that “AI is more dangerous than, say, mismanaged aircraft design or production maintenance or bad car production.” He cautioned that artificial intelligence had the potential to trigger “civilizational destruction.”
Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015, but resigned away from its board of directors in 2018. He said that he left OpenAI because he needed to focus on Tesla and SpaceX, and that “Tesla was competing for some of the same people as OpenAI & I didn’t agree with some of what OpenAI team wanted to do.”
According to reports, Musk has been stealing AI experts from Google in order to build a firm that would compete with OpenAI. According to a state filing, Musk created a company called X.AI Corp in Nevada last month, with Musk as the only director.