Elon Musk's xAI announces Grok! Here is what it is all about

Elon Musk’s AI venture xAI announces Grok. know what has been revealed.

| Updated on: Nov 05 2023, 13:12 IST
Elon Musk says blocking feature on X ‘makes no sense’ to him
Elon Musk's xAI announces Grok!
1/7 Elon Musk, the CEO of X (formerly known as Twitter), has tweeted that he wants to eliminate the platform's 'block' feature. Musk made this decision in response to a query from a user, where he sought user opinions on the preference between muting and blocking. (Bloomberg)
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2/7 In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), Musk clarified that the blocking feature will be discontinued, except for direct messages, while muting will remain an available option. (Bloomberg)
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3/7 On Friday, Musk shared a message, stating, "The 'block' feature is being completely removed, except for its use in direct messages. It simply doesn't make sense," commented the billionaire. (REUTERS)
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4/7 Muting vs. blocking: According to a report by Bloomberg, muting an account will still allow users to avoid seeing posts from that account. However, muted accounts will retain the ability to respond to the user's posts, share them with their own followers, add commentary, and send direct messages. (AFP)
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5/7 User concerns: Blocking, which has long served as a fundamental security measure on X, has raised concerns among users about potential increases in online harassment following its removal. (Pexels)
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6/7 One user reacted to Musk's tweet and replied, "Don’t go there. No one is entitled to other people’s posts. People should be able to block whoever they want". (Pexels)
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7/7 A series of transformations: Some of the significant alterations implemented under Musk's leadership include substantial workforce reductions, replacing the traditional verification program with the $8 per month Twitter Blue subscription, rebranding the company from Twitter to X, and introducing new features such as live streaming. (AP)
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According to xAI, Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak. (AFP)

Billionaire Elon Musk's xAI has announced its AI model Grok. xAI has shared this announcement on the X platform saying, “Grok is an AI modeled after the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask! Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don't use it if you hate humor!"

It also highlighted the best part by adding, "A unique and fundamental advantage of Grok is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the 𝕏 platform.”

Also Read: Elon Musk unveils xAI tool called Grok ; ChatGPT clone or more?

The xAI's post further explains that Grok will also answer spicy questions that are often rejected by most other AI systems. However, earlier, Elon Musk had indicated that it would refuse to answer illegal questions and he even provided an example of someone asking it a leading question on cocaine and the bot refused to answer - with a touch of humor thrown in.

The Grok AI model is still an early beta product. As mentioned by xAI, they have been able to roll out this AI model in just 2 months of training. xAI has also said that the Grok is expected to improve rapidly with each passing week - with the help of users too. Notably, xAI is the Artificial Intelligence Venture of Tesla chief Elon Musk.

How much Grok will cost you?

The Grok AI model will be available for only premium subscribers of the X Platform, initially at least. Currently, there are 2 subscription offers available for the micro-blogging platform. The First one is quite costly at $16 per month. It will offer you an ad-free experience. The other subscription will cost you $3 per month.

Just like ChatGPT, Grok also gathers all its information from the web. However, the difference is that Grok is able to provide real-time information in its initial stage, but ChatGPT wasn't able to do this. It will be exciting to explore more differences between these two AI models, once Grok comes out of its beta phase.

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First Published Date: 05 Nov, 12:39 IST