Artificial intelligence: Elon Musk announces free access to the Grok chatbot of his start-up xAI

Artificial intelligence: Elon Musk announces free access to the Grok chatbot of his start-up xAI

This looks like another blow that Elon Musk is trying to deliver in his battle against OpenAI. The founder of xAI announced on Monday, March 11, that his start-up would this week make free access (open source) to the computer program on which the generative artificial intelligence (AI) interface Grok is based.

In early March, Mr. Musk took legal action in California over violations of OpenAI’s bylaws by its managers. The entrepreneur, who co-founded OpenAI before leaving it in 2018, criticizes them for adopting a commercial logic when the startup was initially a non-profit company.

Elon Musk’s lawyers specifically argue that OpenAI did that (broken) the initial contract » by refusing to publish the code of its latest language model, GPT-4, an AI interface that can generate content in everyday language on simple request.

For OpenAI, Elon Musk’s lawsuits and his defense of open source reflect his resentment after his departure from the company. “Given the remarkable technological advances OpenAI has made, Musk now wants this success for himself”the company argues in a court document. “Musk claims to be filing these lawsuits in the name of humanity, when the truth is (…) that he carries them out to further his own commercial interests”adds OpenAI.

Other AI players are calling for open access

The billionaire formalized the creation of xAI in early July, after recruiting computer scientists from OpenAI, Google, Microsoft and Tesla. The startup unveiled its Grok chatbot in November 2023. The intention is for it to be a version where the reactions can contain humor.

In addition to Elon Musk’s startup, other leading players in the field of generative AI have focused on open access to their models’ programming code. This is the case of Meta with its Llama 2 language model, of Google with Gemma or of the young French start-up Mistral AI.

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