Elon Musk’s “rebel” AI chatbot Grok is launching on X

Grok: Elon Musk’s rebellious AI chatbot

Grok’s arrival on Platform

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s latest creation in the world of artificial intelligence, the Grok chatbot, made its debut on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. This innovative AI system is designed for X Premium Plus subscribers in the US.

Rivalry with the objectives of OpenAI and xAI

Musk, who invested in OpenAI early on, founded his own AI company, xAI, in March this year. Their bold mission is to “decipher the true essence of the universe.” Musk characterized Grok as an artificial intelligence with a tendency toward rebellion and a peculiar sense of humor, capable of dealing with sensitive topics that other AIs avoid.

Unique features of Grok

  • Ability to Satirize: One of Grok’s distinctive capabilities is the ability to make satirical comments, or “roasts”, using users’ recent posts in X.
  • Colorful language: When asked to be “vulgar,” Grok isn’t afraid to employ flashy language, a quality lacking in contests like Google’s Bard or ChatGPT.
  • Updated knowledge: Unlike other chatbots, Grok stays up to date with recent headlines, although this approach doesn’t make it immune to “hallucinations” or creating untrue facts in its responses.

More than entertainment: a serious AI platform

Despite its fun rhetoric, several users point out that Grok should not be taken lightly, as it has the ability to answer educational questions. This chatbot is powered by web data until Q3 2023 and supported by human assistants.

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Literary inspiration and unique answers

Inspired by the science fiction novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Grok was designed with the aim of answering a myriad of questions. According to xAI, it aspires to be a model capable of responding to “almost anything”. Even on basic questions, such as mathematical equations, Grok responds with a touch of friendliness and humanity, while discouraging responses to potentially dangerous questions, such as the manufacture of illicit substances.

Limitations and availability of information

Musk previously stated that Grok’s responses are limited to information that is already publicly available on the Internet and can be found through a conventional search.