Elon Musk Announces that It Will Open-Source Its Chatbot Grok

IBL News | New York

Elon Musk’s AI startup xAI will open-source its chatbot Grok this week, the entrepreneur said.

The owner of Tesla and SpaceX made this announcement days after suing OpenAI and complaining that the Microsoft-backed startup had deviated from its open-source roots.

Available to customers paying a $16 monthly subscription, Grok includes access to “real-time” information and views undeterred by “politically correct” norms.

The promise to imminently open-source Grok will help xAI join the list of a number of growing firms, including Meta and Mistral, that have published the codes of their chatbots to the public.

Musk has long been a proponent of open source. Tesla has open-sourced many of its patents. “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology,” Musk said in 2014.

X, formerly known as Twitter, also open-sourced some of its algorithms last year.

Musk reaffirmed his criticism of the Altman-led firm Monday, saying, “OpenAI is a lie.”

On the other hand, OpenAI lambasted Elon Musk’s allegations against it, saying in a court filing that the billionaire entrepreneur’s claims “rest on convoluted — often incoherent — factual premises.”

The strongly worded filing is the company’s first legal response to Musk’s February lawsuit against the company, Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman, and President Greg Brockman.