Musk challenges Microsoft and Google with ‘Truth-Seeking AI’ to counter politically correct AI

Tech tycoon Elon Musk recently disclosed plans to develop a “truth-seeking AI” that will counter politically correct artificial intelligence (AI) efforts from competitors such as Microsoft and Google, during a televised interview.

The founder of Tesla and Twitter reiterated his concerns about the potential threat AI poses, suggesting it could lead to “civilisational destruction.”

Musk also expressed his apprehension that the ChatGPT bot, developed by OpenAI, is being taught to adhere to political correctness. Musk said…

“I’m going to start something which is called TruthGPT, or an absolute truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe.”

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He believes that AI would view humanity as an intriguing aspect of the universe and would opt not to “annihilate humans.”

Musk has established X.AI, an AI firm based in Nevada, USA, according to official records.

Twitter was recently merged with a new “X” shell company, retaining the platform’s brand name but not the business.

Musk’s decision to found a competitor to OpenAI occurred just weeks before he and other experts signed an open letter advocating for a temporary halt in AI development.

The signatories recommended using this pause to improve regulation and ensure the safety of AI systems.

However, critics dismissed the letter as a “hot mess” filled with “AI hype,” misrepresenting an academic study.

Major tech firms like Google, Meta, and Microsoft have been working on AI systems – previously known as machine learning or big data – for years, employing them for tasks such as translations, search queries, and targeted advertising.

Musk recounted that he used to be good friends with Google co-founder Larry Page, engaging in late-night discussions about AI safety. Musk said of Page…

“He really seemed to want digital super-intelligence, basically digital god, as soon as possible.

“You can’t just go barrelling forward and hope for the best.”

OpenAI garnered widespread interest in AI in late 2021 with the launch of ChatGPT, which generates natural-sounding text from short prompts.

Musk was a co-founder of OpenAI but left the company in 2018.

Since then, Microsoft has announced a multi-billion dollar investment into OpenAI and uses its technology in its Bing search engine.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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