Grok, Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence chatbot inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is under test. A competitor to ChatGPT will be available to premium subscribers on the X platform once testing is complete. Musk says that Grok has access to user posts on X, and the chatbot has a penchant for sarcastic responses—I wonder why is that?
Grok, coined by Robert A Heinlein, means ” understanding thoroughly and intuitively.” Built by Musk’s xAI, the name is an AI modeled after The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so it is intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask! “Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humor!”
Powered by a significant language model called Grok-1, a recent blog claims that Grok-1 has surpassed GPT-3.5, the model used in the freely available version of ChatGPT, on benchmarks such as solving middle-school math problems. xAI said it lagged behind GPT-4.
So far, Grok has been made available to a limited number of users in the U.S. as a prototype, and new features will continue to be rolled out in the near term. The Grok website indicates that initial access to the chatbot is offered to X subscribers under an “early access program.”
Musk recently said AI was a threat to humanity. “I mean, for the first time, we have a situation where there’s something that is going to be far smarter than the smartest human,” he said.
Musk now predicts that AI will replace all human jobs. Speaking to the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, he said: “There will come a point where no job is needed.”