With Twitter in ruins, the SpaceX fleet grounded, and Tesla going through renewed scrutiny over the risks of its Autopilot software program, Elon Musk has now set his sights on his subsequent massive enterprise: an AI firm whose acknowledged purpose is nothing lower than to “perceive actuality.”

This does look like a severe enterprise. The crew at xAI, as the corporate is understood, is made up of veterans of DeepMind, OpenAI, Google, Microsoft, Tesla, and the College of Toronto. It is headed up by Musk, after all, and is being suggested by Dan Hendrycks, director of the Middle for AI Security, the group that in Could requested somebody to please do one thing about AI earlier than we’re all completely hosed. 

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The xAI web site says the brand new firm is separate from X Corp, the corporate Musk established earlier this yr as a successor to Twitter, “however will work carefully with X (Twitter), Tesla, and different firms to make progress in the direction of our mission.”

Musk has beforehand mused about wading into the murky waters of synthetic intelligence: in April, he mentioned he was engaged on TruthGPT, which he described as “a most truth-seeking AI that tries to know the character of the universe.” We weren’t solely sure how severe he was on the time, however apparently he’s extra dedicated to his AI plan than he was to purchasing Twitter.

Whereas the xAI management crew looks as if it’s principally a set of respectable figures within the discipline, Musk himself is unsurprisingly sending what might politely be known as combined indicators in that regard. 

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The xAI web site says followers will have the ability to “meet the crew and ask us questions” in a Twitter Areas chat set for July 14. As for why Musk revealed the corporate as we speak, three days forward of the large on-line showcase, apparently it is for primarily the identical cause he insisted on SpaceX launching Starship on April 20 even though methods weren’t totally prepared: He thought it will be intelligent.

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