Elon Musk has announced his intention to develop an AI chatbot called TruthGPT, which he claims will be a "maximum truth-seeking AI." Speaking to Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Musk revealed his plans for the chatbot, which he hopes will provide an alternative to existing AI systems from OpenAI and Google. He believes that developing a chatbot with a focus on understanding the nature of the universe will ultimately lead to a safer AI, as it will be less likely to view humans as a threat.
Musk has been critical of OpenAI in the past, accusing the organization of training AI models to be politically correct and becoming "effectively controlled by Microsoft." He also expressed concerns about the power of AI to manipulate public opinion and potentially cause "civilizational destruction."
is is not the first time Musk has raised the alarm about the dangers of AI. He previously signed a letter calling for a pause in the training of AI models more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. The letter was also signed by other prominent figures in the tech industry, including Steve Wozniak and Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology.
Musk's plans for TruthGPT come amid reports that he is working on an OpenAI rival. He has reportedly recruited former DeepMind employee Igor Babuschkin to work on the project. It's not yet clear whether Musk plans to develop a Large Language Model (LLM) like those offered by OpenAI and Google, or if he wants to push for research in other areas of AI like fairness in training models.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Musk's plans for TruthGPT, experts say that he doesn't necessarily need to develop a cutting-edge product to make an impact in the industry. With his vast resources and influence, Musk could shape the direction of AI research and development simply by entering the market.
It's worth noting that the name "TruthGPT" may be temporary, as OpenAI has already applied for a trademark for the term "GPT." Whatever the name, Musk's chatbot could potentially change the landscape of AI and provide a new approach to developing safe and responsible artificial intelligence.