Elon Musk Launches Artificial Intelligence Company xAI: What to Know
The company's goal is to "understand the true nature of the universe," but there's little info on what it'll actually do.
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"Announcing formation of @xAI to understand reality," Musk tweeted Wednesday. The xAI website adds that the company's goal is to "understand the true nature of the universe."
xAI has tweeted only once so far, to ask, "What are the most fundamental unanswered questions?"
A team of 12 people, including Musk, was announced as working for xAI. All men, they have experience across OpenAI, DeepMind, Google Research, Microsoft Research and Tesla, xAI says. The company is also being advised by Dan Hendrycks, the director of the nonprofit Center for AI Safety.
The xAI team will be hosting a Twitter Spaces chat on Friday, July 14, where its members might talk about what the company will actually do.
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Despite announcing his own AI company, Musk was among more than 1,000 people in tech who signed an open letter in March urging labs to take at least a six-month pause in AI development due to "profound risks" to society from increasingly capable AI engines. In June, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, along with other scientists and notable figures, also signed a statement warning of the risks of AI. And Microsoft in May released a 40-page report saying AI regulation is needed to stay ahead of potential risks and bad actors.
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