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Elon Musk is reportedly planning an AI startup to compete with OpenAI

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his safety element depart the corporateā€™s native workplace in Washington, January 27, 2023.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is planning to launch a synthetic intelligence start-up that will go head-to-head with OpenAI, the Monetary Instances reported Friday.

Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter, has been constructing a group of researchers and engineers, and has been in dialog with a number of buyers, the Monetary Instances reported, citing sources accustomed to the matter. He has additionally reportedly been recruiting from different prime AI corporations, together with Alphabet-owned DeepMind.

“It is actual and they’re enthusiastic about it,” a supply accustomed to the matter informed the Monetary Instances.

Musk has secured hundreds of NVIDIA GPU processors, in accordance with the report. These chips are an integral a part of constructing a big language mannequin, or LLM, to compete with OpenAI’s GPT. Musk mentioned he was buying the processors for his firms in a Twitter Areas interview with the BBC this week.

“It looks as if everybody and their canine is shopping for GPUs at this level,” Musk mentioned. “Twitter and Tesla are definitely shopping for GPUs.”

Musk was as soon as a significant monetary backer at OpenAI, committing $1 billion over a number of years, in accordance with an earlier report from Semafor. However Musk backed out of his monetary and operational commitments to the substitute intelligence agency on the similar time OpenAI added a for-profit enterprise section. Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI shortly after Musk ruptured with the group and, earlier this 12 months, dedicated to a brand new multi-billion greenback funding.

Musk has publicly questioned ChatGPT-creator OpenAI’s strategy. In March, Musk signed an open letter calling for an instantaneous, six-month-long halt on any analysis on AI fashions extra superior than OpenAI’s GPT-4. He has mentioned AI is “one of many largest dangers to the way forward for civilization.”

Musk’s reported enterprise might develop into the most recent entrant to an more and more crowded area. Past Microsoft and Google, Amazon introduced it is getting into the generative AI area on Thursday.

Musk didn’t instantly return CNBC’s request for remark.

Learn extra on the Monetary Instances.