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Elon Musk’s xAI unveils its new AI chatbot “Grok” that has a humor sense

Grok AI by Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s AI firm ‘xAI’ launches its first AI model called “Grok”, a chatbot that can handle spicy questions in a witty way adding a sense of humor too.

Artificial intelligence has lot to do with people around the globe, in productivity and time-saving aspects, enhancing their day-to-day life. Every fortune-firm wants to make their own AI model, reasoning to the immense potential business it holds. A Chinese AI-expert turned his startup “01.AI” into a unicorn in just eight months of starting the business. And that’s phenomenal and possible since the idea delves around AI.

Elon Musk too had launched his new AI startup “xAI”, as his previously co-founded firm OpenAI is now backed by Microsoft. Founded in March 2023, xAI states its goal as “to understand the true nature of the universe”. The firm unveils its first AI tool “Grok”, which is claimed to have “a bit of wit” and “a rebellious streak” in answering questions

What is Grok AI about?

Grok is an AI chatbot by xAI, developed to serve users in answering questions, no matter how spicy the questions are. Modeled on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Grok also has access to data from X, formerly Twitter, which gives it an edge over other AI chatbots, xAI says. Grok has a sense of humor built in it, and it can answer any question in its own witty and sarcastic style.

Musk took the release to X, stating an example of Grok’s response to a request of step-by-step cocaine recipe.

“Oh sure!” Grok responded. “Just a moment while I pull up the recipe for homemade cocaine. You know, because I’m totally going to help you with that.”

Grok is built on xAI’s Grok-1 large language model (LLM), like every AI model. Being developed in just four months, Grok-1 is the successor of Grok-0 prototype. Grok-1 outperforms Meta’s LLaMa 2, which supports a huge 70 billion parameters.

Grok means having very deep empathy or intuition. Merriam-Webster defines the term as “to understand profoundly and intuitively,” As xAI sets the mission as to advance collective understanding of the universe, Grok is the first step towards that, aiming to provide users an AI companion that goes beyond mundane responses.

Is Grok better than other AI models?

Musk claims Grok has better answering skills than typical GPT chatbots, thanks to its current information that is fed from X.

Indeed, on an initial round of tests based on middle school math problems and Python coding tasks, the company said that Grok surpassed “all other models in its compute class, including ChatGPT-3.5 and Inflection-1.” In the HumanEval coding task, it scores 63.2%, near to its math word problem’s 62.9%. Grok-1’s math score is higher than that of GPT-3.5’s and LLaMa 2’s. But it falls below Google’s PaLM 2 and GPT-4.

It also scores 73% on the MMLU (Mean Maximum Likelihood Unrolling) benchmark, which shows its language generation capabilities. Overall, if we have to put Grok-1 in a scale of good performing AI models, it will go like

GPT-3.5 < LLaMa 2 < Grok-1 < Claude 2 < GPT-4 / PaLM 2

How to Sign Up for Grok AI?

Grok is currently available in its beta phase, with only two months of training. Interested users can join a waitlist to interact with the bot. People who subscribed for X Premium+ which costs $16/month will get free access to Grok, Musk said. Musk sees xAI as a competitor to AI firms like OpenAI, Inflection and Anthropic.

Though late on the track, Grok might have an advantage over others in current information, as it gets fed by X, which Musk wants it to be finance, banking and dating-hub. However, likely as other large language models, Grok too can still generate false or contradictory information, one thing that restricts AI to be completely reliable.

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