Elon Musk is in the process of searching for AI researchers to join a team to create a ChatGPT competitor.
If OpenAI has proven anything over the past 2-3 months, it is that AI can be profitable and doesn’t have to be an unending research project without market implementation. This sudden realization not only attracted the investment of Microsoft but has reinvigorated traditional rivals Google, Amazon, and others. Now, according to a leaked report from The Information, Elon Musk is looking to get back into the mix.
Elon Musk, a co-founder of the OpenAI non-profit in 2015, has since distanced himself from the project, leaving its Board of Directors in 2018. Since then, he has shared a mix of admiration and skepticism regarding OpenAI’s first massively successful project, ChatGPT. At one point, Musk called the venture “scary good” but has since criticized Microsoft’s implementation of the product in its Bing search engine.
ChatGPT is scary good. We are not far from dangerously strong AI.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2022
Agreed! It is clearly not safe yet.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2023
The Information reports that Musk has since taken to Silicon Valley in search of AI researchers to join his team. One such researcher, ex-Google AI project leader Igor Bubuschkin, was reportedly approached by Musk but has yet to “officially sign on.”
Elon Musk has not officially announced his intention to start this potential AI project, though it would not be his only company focusing on the technology. Tesla is currently the clear leader in the auto industry in implementing artificial intelligence, while Twitter, Musk’s most recent acquisition, has previously worked with AI in the social media space.
It remains unclear how Musk intends to use his AI project, but there are certainly plenty of use cases within his numerous companies; Tesla, Twitter, and SpaceX. But what is clear is that his window of entering the market is rapidly closing as other competitors scoop up top researching talent.
Despite numerous layoffs in Tech over the past four months, a hiring frenzy has surrounded the AI world, showing how interested many tech companies are.
Sam Altman, another co-founder and current CEO of OpenAI, has yet to react to this explosion of interest and has not commented on Musk’s potential project either. However, with his investment from Microsoft, others, and his team, Altman likely has his hands full as his now flourishing organization takes a strong leadership position in the market.
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