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Elon Musk Takes AI Open Source with Grok Amid Legal Battle with OpenAI

Elon Musk announced the decision to open source xAI’s artificial intelligence model, Grok, amid a growing lawsuit with OpenAI, a rival AI chatbot developer.

Musk’s announcement on X on March 11 reveals Grok will become open source starting this week, though he provided no further details on the move.

This decision was met with positive feedback on X, where one user suggested OpenAI should follow suit, prompting Musk to criticize OpenAI as “a lie.”

The backdrop to Musk’s announcement is a lawsuit he filed on February 29 against OpenAI, accusing it of breaching the founding agreement by partnering with Microsoft, which had invested nearly $3 billion into OpenAI by the end of 2023.

Musk’s legal action seeks to compel OpenAI to adhere to its original open-source and non-profit commitments, aimed at developing artificial general intelligence (AGI) for humanity’s benefit.

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This move comes amid escalating tensions marked by OpenAI transitioning into a profit-driven entity, a change Musk initially appeared to support based on emails released by OpenAI executives after the lawsuit.

Further complicating the scenario, OpenAI reinstated Sam Altman as a board member following a brief dismissal, acknowledging the instability his absence caused within the company.

Musk’s push for making Grok open source echoes his lawsuit’s plea for a return to open-source AGI development for global benefit.

Grok, developed by Musk’s xAI, stands out as it integrates with the X social media platform, providing real-time information access and handling sensitive topics often avoided by other AI systems.

To interact with Grok, users need a verified X account. Performance-wise, Grok is positioned between OpenAI’s ChatGPT-3.5 and the more advanced ChatGPT-4, showcasing its competitive edge in the AI landscape.

Musk’s latest move signals a significant step towards advocating for open-source principles in AI development, amidst ongoing legal and ethical debates surrounding the future of artificial intelligence.

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