The truth-seeking crusader and US billionaire Elon Musk is gearing up to give the politically correct, liberal-loving Microsoft and Google a good spanking in the artificial intelligence (AI) race. Musk intends to show them who is boss with his new venture, TruthGPT, as he warns of the looming menace posed by AI.
The swashbuckling entrepreneur, CEO of electric car company Tesla and overseer of Twitter, boldly revealed to US broadcaster Fox News his plan to launch an AI platform named TruthGPT, which would challenge the offerings from Microsoft and Google. He slammed OpenAI, the firm behind chatbot sensation ChatGPT, accusing them of training the AI to lie. Musk claimed that OpenAI has now become a closed-source, for-profit organisation closely allied with Microsoft.
The move came after Musk and a group of AI experts and industry executives called for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI’s newly launched GPT-4, citing potential risks to society. During the interview, Musk also reiterated his warnings about AI, asserting that AI is more dangerous than mismanaged aircraft design or lousy car manufacturing. He ominously noted its potential for civilisational destruction, writing incredibly well, and manipulating public opinions.
Over the weekend, Musk tweeted that he had met with former US President Barack Obama when he was in office and told him that Washington needed to encourage AI regulation. Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but stepped down from the company’s board in 2018. In 2019, he tweeted that he left OpenAI because he had to focus on Tesla and SpaceX. He also cited disagreements with some of the OpenAI team’s intentions as another reason for his departure.
Musk, already CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has also become CEO of Twitter, the popular social media platform he bought for $44 billion last year. In the interview with Fox News, Musk mentioned that he recently valued Twitter at less than half of the acquisition price. In January, Microsoft announced a further multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI, intensifying competition with rival Google and fuelling the race to attract AI funding in Silicon Valley.
Always candid and unapologetic, Musk fiercely criticised ChatGPT during the interview, alleging that it has been designed to produce politically correct outcomes, leading to dishonest results. Additionally, he warned that AI, in its entirety, possesses the capacity to bring about the collapse of civilisation, potentially opting to annihilate humanity. Musk’s TruthGPT is conceived to function similarly to humans who strive to preserve chimpanzee habitats, despite having the capability to hunt and eliminate them all. In addition, it is supposed to be an AI dedicated to seeking the truth, attempting to unravel the essence of the universe.
Not long ago, Musk joined forces with a group of experts who, in an open letter, demanded a halt to the development of AI technologies. They urged using this break to improve AI regulations, ensuring its safe use. However, in true maverick fashion, Musk founded X.Ai, an AI company based in Nevada, in March.
Major corporations like Google, Microsoft, and Meta have been experimenting with AI technologies for a while, focusing on areas such as translations, search queries, and precision-targeted advertisements. Musk, who was once a close friend of Google co-founder Larry Page, recalled during his Fox News interview how Page had yearned for the rapid development of a digital super-intelligence, tantamount to a virtual deity. Nevertheless, Musk cautioned that it is unwise to forge ahead recklessly without considering the potential consequences when dealing with AI.