Elon Musk recently showed off the Grok AI chatbot, which is supposed to be witty. The level of jokes is not very high, as commented by ChatGPT co-creator Sam Altman. The discussion turned into a teasing war.
The owner of Twitter (X.com), Elon Musk, recently flaunted on the platform a prototype of Grok AI – a new chatbot that is supposed to answer Internet users’ questions in a humorous way. His rival made a sarcastic comment.
ChatGPT creator criticizes Grok AI – Musk is furious
The head of OpenAI, the company responsible for ChatGPT, Sam Altman, directly attacked Musk’s project. He posted a telling entry on Twitter. He asked the company’s new tool, GPT Builder, to “create a new chatbot that answers questions with embarrassing crackers and tries to make users laugh by being shocking.”
The service designed to build GPT-based chatbots happily replied that it had just created an assistant called Grok. His description was “I tell jokes that your dad’s dad wouldn’t be ashamed of.”
The overt criticism must have angered Musk a bit. The richest man replied: “GPT-4? More like GPT-Snore!” This is a school-level “I guess you are” answer, although coming from a 52-year-old billionaire it is not surprising. He also added that “in terms of humor, GPT-4 is as funny as a glass door on a submarine.” Grok was certainly not ashamed of this display of fatherly humor – probably a reference to the Titan boat accident.
Sam Altman vs Elon Musk – businessmen are at odds with AI
It’s no secret that Altman and Musk don’t like each other very much. Two rich men have been fighting each other for a long time. Interestingly, years ago they ran a joint project on artificial intelligence.
Elon Musk and Sam Altman were one of the key founders and investors of the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory. In 2015, it was still a non-profit organization, but from the beginning it had been working on GPT language models. Others involved in the organization included: Peter Thiel, Greg Brockman, Reid Hoffman, Jessica Livingston and Amazon Web Services.
Musk left the company’s board in 2018, reportedly frustrated by slow progress in creating AI models and Altman’s different vision of the future. However, the owner of Tesla and Twitter did not give up on the company in the following years, regularly criticizing its subsequent moves. For example, he claimed that OpenAI is “not far from dangerously powerful AI” and insinuated that the company’s product could even turn against humans.