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Musk Takes on OpenAI with the Launch of X.AI

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Elon Musk, the tech mogul renowned for his ambitious ventures, has launched X.AI, a groundbreaking company focused on artificial intelligence, according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal. Nevada filings reveal that the company was incorporated in March 2023, with Musk serving as its director and Jared Birchall, director of Musk's family office, acting as secretary.


Whispers of Musk's potential AI venture have circulated in recent days, with Business Insider reporting that Musk had acquired thousands of GPUs (graphic processing units) to develop a cutting-edge generative AI product. Furthermore, sources suggested that Musk was planning to establish an AI company to rival Microsoft-backed OpenAI.


Musk has remained tight-lipped about the project, casually brushing off inquiries about his GPU purchases during a Twitter Spaces interview, stating, "it seems like everyone and their dog is buying GPUs at this point." The name X.AI aligns with Musk's penchant for the "X" brand, as seen with his recent rebranding of Twitter to X Corp and his vision for an all-encompassing "everything app."


Interestingly, Musk has been a vocal critic of OpenAI, an organization he co-founded in 2015 before parting ways in 2018. He recently signed a letter urging for a halt on "giant AI experiments." OpenAI has gained widespread recognition with technologies such as ChatGPT and GPT-4, which have influenced Microsoft and Google to more deeply integrate AI tools into their offerings.

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