The AI has been developed by Musk's xAI company and is integrated into X and Tesla electric cars. Grok is a generative AI model that competes directly with ChatGPT and users can access it in real-time through the X platform. Grok can interact with humans in a humorous way and its chatbot is trained on The Pile, a popular data warehouse for training large language models, and data from social network X.
Grok is designed to provide answers up to 25,000 characters long, five times larger than ChatGPT. Grok's upcoming updates will provide APIs for third parties. The AI can recognize images and voices as well as create images. Unlike other models, the context of Grok's answers is mainly based on the content collected on X.
Some users of the beta version have commented that Grok has a "genius" for news. This AI can differentiate between different biases so it can create a breaking story. Chatbots are also sensitive to news thanks to updated data sources directly from X.
Musk's super AI will be integrated into Tesla electric cars. Grok is the first product of the xAI startup founded by Musk in July. Musk has assembled a team of renowned AI experts for his startup, such as employees from DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla and researchers at the University of Toronto.
According to the Oxford English dictionary, Grok means "to understand intuitively or establish empathy". This word was first mentioned by writer Robert A. Heinlein in 1961, in the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. Today, Grok is commonly used in the technology world to refer to deep understanding.
According to Fortune, Grok is Musk's clearest answer to OpenAI. Grok was born while Elon Musk was causing controversy when he said that there will come a time when people will no longer need jobs because AI can do everything, but that is "both good and bad". He also regularly warns about the threats that AI poses to humanity. The American billionaire once assessed AI as more dangerous than nuclear weapons, and was one of the technology leaders who called for a halt in the development of AI more advanced than OpenAI's GPT-4 in March.