Elon Musk announces early access to xAI’s chatbot ‘Grok’ for X subscribers

November 4, 2023
xAI's tagline is "Understand the Universe"

In a recent flurry of tweets, Elon Musk has unveiled that his AI venture, xAI, is on the brink of launching its proprietary chatbot, Grok.

Late Friday, Musk teased his followers with the prospect of this new AI model, which the company has been quietly building and has now trademarked.

Musk disclosed that Grok is designed for conversational question-answering, harnessing “real-time access” to the X database.

However, he suggested that Grok might somewhat flirt with answering certain sensitive or illicit questions, indicating a dash of humor in its programming.

Musk gave the below examples about synthesizing cocaine, so who knows what crazy stuff will tease out of it once released. 

Musk joked that Grok was ‘based and sarcastic,’ which was his own doing. 

Subscribers of X’s Premium Plus at $16 a month for an ad-free experience will receive early access to Grok as it progresses beyond its initial beta phase, as tweeted by Musk at the weekend. 

While specifics on Grok remain sparse, it’s part of a grander scheme within xAI, Musk’s startup, which intends to “unravel the mysteries of the universe.” 

Musk’s also said he’s committed to building what he terms a “maximum-truth-seeking AI.” 

Whether Grok embodies this vision remains to be seen, but Musk has confidently stated that “in some important respects, it (xAI’s new model) is the best that currently exists.” 

Critics are already blasting Grok as a gimmick designed to raise subscription revenue for X, which has crashed under Musk’s leadership.

Others have said the sarcasm and humor make it more challenging to find genuinely useful info. There is a saying, “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.”

However, many support the chatbot’s confrontation of topics that ‘woke AI’ like ChatGPT would likely decline to answer altogether. 

Everyone is eager to see what other tricks Grok offers. 

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Sam Jeans

Sam is a science and technology writer who has worked in various AI startups. When he’s not writing, he can be found reading medical journals or digging through boxes of vinyl records.


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