Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has incorporated a new company called X.AI, dedicated to artificial intelligence. It was first spotted and reported on by the Wall Street Journal. The filing, made last month in Nevada, lists Musk as director and Jared Birchall, the director of Musk’s family office, as secretary.
Rumours about Musk’s plans to create an AI firm had been circulating for days after he purchased thousands of graphic processing units (GPUs) for an upcoming generative AI product. Musk even sought funding from Tesla and SpaceX investors to get the company started.
X.AI’s name is similar to that of the “X” branding Musk has used for his vision of an “everything app,” and his company’s Twitter account, X Corp. During a recent Twitter Spaces interview, Musk did not mention the AI company when asked about his GPU purchases.
Musk has been openly critical of OpenAI, the AI organization he co-founded in 2015 and walked away from in 2018, and recently signed a letter calling for a pause on “giant AI experiments.” Meanwhile, OpenAI has become a recognizable name behind technology like ChatGPT and GPT-4, contributing to Microsoft and Google’s current push to integrate AI tools into their products.
Google has released Bard, an off-shoot of its LaMDA AI language model, designed to have a natural conversation with humans. This model is intended for use in Google Assistant and has a wide range of applications. It is also expected that Bard will be built into Google’s other product suites, like Google Docs and Chrome. It isn’t known if Bard will be made available to third parties like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GPT-4 have been.
Google has also unveiled a new AI-powered dermatology tool that can detect more than 3000 skin diseases by analyzing images of skin conditions. This tool is currently being tested at three international dermatology clinics.