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Elon Musk’s new AI company aims ‘to understand the true nature of the universe’

    Elon Musk’s new AI company aims ‘to understand the true nature of the universe’

    Elon Musk has a new AI company. A website has emerged for XAI, which will launch a self-described mission to “understand the true nature of the universe”.

    The announcement follows documents filed earlier this year that revealed the existence of a company called “X.AI Corp.”

    Musk also said in an interview in April that he wanted to start a venture for “maximal truth-finding AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe” that “hopefully will do more good than harm.”

    Not much is known yet about Musk’s latest venture. “Announcing the formation of @xAI to realize reality,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and Twitter chairman tweeted today.

    The company webpage notes that the team will host a Twitter Spaces chat on Friday, July 14.

    Elon Musk’s previous comments about AI startups suggest he wanted a “third option” to challenge ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Google.

    They reportedly bought thousands of GPUs earlier this year for a Twitter-related AI project. It is not yet clear whether the two projects are related or not.

    The website lists veterans from DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla and the University of Toronto working on the project.

    “Collectively we have contributed some of the most widely used methods in the field, notably the Adam optimizer, batch normalization, layer normalization and adversarial instance search,” the XAI website reads.

    “We pioneered innovative techniques and analysis such as Transformer-XL, Autoformalization, Memorizing Transformer, Batch Size Scaling and µTransfer. We’ve worked on and led the development of some of the biggest breakthroughs in the field, including AlphaStar, AlphaCode, Inception, Minerva, GPT-3.5 and GPT-4.

    In addition to Musk, the listed team members include Igor Babushkin, Manuel Kroes, Yuhui (Tony) Wu, Christian Szegedi, Jimmy Bay, Toby Pohlen, Ross Nordene, Kyle Kosik, Greg Yang, Guodong Zhang and Zihang Dai.

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