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Elon Musk's New Chatbot: Grok, the Witty Research Assistant

Grok will serve as a witty research assistant, capable of answering a wide range of questions, providing question suggestions, and accessing real-time knowledge through the X platform.

Grok will serve as a witty research assistant.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, has made headlines once again by unveiling a unique AI chatbot named Grok, developed by his startup, xAI. Grok stands out for its wit and a "rebellious streak," and xAI humorously warns potential users that if they "hate humor," Grok might not be the chatbot for them.


Grok: A Humorous AI Chatbot


Grok has been designed to serve as a research assistant, and its inspiration draws from the humorous sci-fi book, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.


According to xAI, Grok is not your typical chatbot; it cannot only answer a wide range of questions but also provide suggestions for questions to ask. This adds a unique and entertaining twist to the AI chatbot experience.


Grok's Promising Features and Safeguards


Interestingly, this launch comes from Elon Musk, who has previously expressed concerns about the potential risks posed by artificial intelligence. In 2017, he referred to AI as a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." Despite these concerns, Grok is designed to "answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems." However, xAI is not taking these concerns lightly and has pledged to develop safeguards to prevent any misuse of this technology.


Grok boasts another significant advantage over other chatbots - real-time access to knowledge through the X platform, under Musk's control. This connection to real-time information provides users with the most up-to-date responses and insights.


xAI has emphasized its commitment to gathering feedback to ensure that it is creating AI tools that benefit humanity to the maximum extent. According to xAI data, Grok-1, the engine behind Grok, has outperformed ChatGPT 3.5, an earlier version of OpenAI's chatbot, in various academic domains, including math and coding.


Grok is still in its early beta stage and may occasionally generate false or contradictory information. Currently, the prototype is accessible to a limited number of users in the United States, with plans to offer it to a wider audience through a subscription model priced at $16 on X Premium Plus.


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