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Elon Musk's xAI Makes AI Chatbot Grok Open Source Amid Lawsuit with OpenAI

Elon Musk's xAI makes its AI chatbot Grok open source amid an ongoing lawsuit with OpenAI, challenging the closed ChatGPT model.

Elon Musk's xAI has announced that it will make its AI chatbot, Grok, open source, in a move seen as a challenge to rival OpenAI's closed ChatGPT model. The decision comes amidst an ongoing lawsuit between Musk and OpenAI.

Open Source Initiative

In a post on X on March 11, Musk stated that Grok would be open source starting this week. While the specifics of the open-sourcing process were not detailed, the response to Musk's announcement has been largely positive, with many users applauding the move.

Lawsuit Against OpenAI

Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI on February 29, alleging a breach of the agreement made when OpenAI was established as a nonprofit organization. Musk contends that OpenAI's partnership with Microsoft contradicts the nonprofit's original goal of advancing open-source artificial general intelligence (AGI) for the benefit of humanity.

OpenAI's Response

Following the lawsuit, OpenAI executives revealed emails in which Musk appeared to support the company's transition to a for-profit entity. Despite this, Musk has urged OpenAI to return to its initial open-source principles and has requested an injunction to halt the for-profit exploitation of AGI technology.

Grok vs. ChatGPT

Grok, like OpenAI's ChatGPT, is an AI chatbot developed by xAI. However, Grok has the ability to access real-time information via the X social media platform and can answer more controversial questions that some other AI systems avoid. Grok is powered by the Grok-1 large language model, which some comparisons suggest outperforms ChatGPT-3.5 but falls short of OpenAI's ChatGPT-4 model.

Future Developments

Musk's decision to make Grok open source aligns with his vision of advancing open-source AGI for the benefit of humanity. As the lawsuit with OpenAI continues, the move could signal a new direction in the development of AI technology.