Meet Grok - Musk's xAI's New Chatbot.

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Elon Musk Unveils xAI’s New Chatbot ‘Grok’ /

Do you remember? A few months back, Elon Musk started his very own AI Startup called xAI. We discussed this and how mysterious the naming of this company is. And so far, it's not a publicly traded company, so unfortunately, there's currently no way to invest in xAI.

However, last Sunday, the billionaire Musk announced he has plans to integrate xAI into his social platform and the all-encompassing app X following the launch of their mysterious AI product, and this is supposed to compete with AI tools such as OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google's Bard.

Musk's new chatbot, named Grok, is currently undergoing testing among a select group of users in the United States. Grok leverages data from Musk's X, formerly known as Twitter, data. Additionally, it is programmed to respond with a touch of humor and possesses a streak of rebellion, as mentioned in the announcement.

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But it's a bit of a gray area because X said in a Terms Update that under the new terms, any scraping without the platform's explicit approval is expressly forbidden. So, the revised privacy policy also includes provisions for collecting users' biometric data, educational background, and employment history.

The Birth of Grok ChatBot & Musk's Vision of AI

Meet Grok: Elon Musk's AI offering / xAI

In recent tests, Grok has proven its mettle by outperforming ChatGPT 3.5 in various academic benchmarks. Grok aims to go beyond and compete with the most advanced AI models, like GPT-4.

Grok-1 is the Language Model (LLM) that powers this chatbot. They called it their frontier LLM. Before Grok-1, there was a prototype LLM, Grok-0, with 33 billion parameters. So, This early model closes LLaMA 2 (70B) capabilities on standard LM benchmarks but uses only half of its training resources. They improved and pushed hard for the Grok-1.

Grok-1 shines with an amazing 63.2% performance on the HumanEval coding task and a staggering 73% on MMLU. To prove this AI's capabilities, various benchmarks, including GSM8k, MMLU, HumanEval, and MATH.

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Grok-1 outperformed all other models in its compute class, including ChatGPT-3.5 and Inflection-1. However, it's worth noting that models like GPT-4, powered by larger training data and compute resources, still hold an edge.

But the real surprise came when Grok was put to the test in a "real-life" scenario, taking the 2023 Hungarian national high school finals in mathematics. Grok passed the exam with a respectable C (59%), joining the ranks of its peers, with Claude-2 achieving a C (55%) and GPT-4 securing a B (68%). This experiment carried out at temperature 0.1 without any tuning, provided a unique insight into Grok's capabilities on an untuned dataset.

Evaluating Grok-1's Progress in Math and Reasoning / xAI

Grok will be an essential part of the larger ecosystem musk building, with aims to transform X into a universal platform like Tencent Holding Ltd.'s WeChat. Personally, I think this could go either way, but we have some time till that.

How much does Grok AI Cost, and how to access it?

While Grok offers a lot, it comes at a price. Musk said the Grok AI assistant will be incorporated into X Premium+ subscriptions, which cost $16 per month. However, for now, it's only available to a limited number of users in the United States. Basically, You have to be a verified X user and be in the United States.

Elon Musk to integrate “Grok” chatbot maker xAI with social media platform X / Aïda Amer. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

As Grok evolves from its "very early beta product" stage, more users will have access to its capabilities. You can join the Grok waitlist here.

Elon Musk's commitment to AI doesn't stop at Grok. He has been among the signatories of a petition calling for a pause in advancing AI models to allow the development of shared safety protocols.

Musk was also a co-founder and early backer of OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT. It launched in 2015, but Musk stepped away in 2018, allegedly after a failed takeover attempt.

Additionally, xAI will be available as a standalone app.

Grok is modeled after the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which gives it a different character and style.

Elon Musk has a net worth estimated at a staggering $230.9 billion, and he has his fingers on various industries, including electric vehicles with Tesla, space exploration with SpaceX, brain-computer interfaces with Neuralink, and infrastructure with the Boring Company.