about 1 month ago • 2 mins
What’s going on here?
Elon Musk decided it was time to unveil his challenger to ChatGPT.
What does this mean?
OpenAI’s ChatGPT may be the current go-to vacation organizer and work-shortcut creator, but it’s not the only bot out there. And Elon Musk’s Grok – modeled after "The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy" – is finally ready to join them. Still an early beta version, the chatbot is currently in testing mode with a small group of US users. If that goes well, Grok will be introduced to all the premium users of X, formerly Twitter. That’s probably the most fitting place to start: Grok’s designed to answer even the tough questions with “a bit of wit” and a “rebellious streak”, according to Musk’s statement. X will play an even more important role in the future, too. While most AI chatbots can only pull from static datasets, Grok will feed off a continuous stream of live data from X, potentially fitting it with a more up-to-date understanding of global events.
Why should I care?
For markets: Rule the world – or at least, the phones.
Elon Musk’s mission doesn’t end at Grok. Tesla’s head honcho has made no secret of his desire to make a universal app, encompassing messaging, payments, social media interactions, and everyday tasks. Tencent led the charge with China’s WeChat, but if Grok settles into X well, Musk could take the concept stateside.
The bigger picture: The party doesn’t start til Grok walks in.
Grok’s late to the party: chatbots ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, Claude, Bing, and Hugging Face have all been mingling in the open for months now. But Grok’s promise to stand out against current AI models – specifically when it comes to dialogue and user experience – could be well-founded. Despite only having two weeks of development and training, Musk claims that Grok is already outperforming ChatGPT 3.5 across a handful of benchmarks.
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