- Elon Musk announces the formation of xAI, a standalone AI company with the mission to “understand the true nature of the universe.”
- The xAI team boasts an impressive roster of professionals from DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla, and the University of Toronto.
- Musk invites the public to a Twitter Spaces chat on July 14th to meet the team and field any questions about the new venture.
Elon Musk, the prolific entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has launched xAI, a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture. The company’s mission, according to its official statement, is to “understand the true nature of the universe.”
Though xAI is a separate entity from Musk’s X Corp, the newly minted firm plans to collaborate closely with X (Twitter), Tesla, and other companies to expedite progress towards their ambitious goal. The public will have a chance to engage with xAI’s dynamic team and have their questions answered during a Twitter Spaces chat slated for Friday, July 14th.
The team behind xAI is an amalgamation of industry leaders, with backgrounds spanning prestigious institutions such as DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla, and the University of Toronto. Their collective contributions have significantly shaped the AI field, having been involved in the development of widely used methods including the Adam optimizer, Batch Normalization, Layer Normalization, and the discovery of adversarial examples.
They’ve also introduced transformative techniques and analyses, like the Transformer-XL, Autoformalization, the Memorizing Transformer, Batch Size Scaling, and μTransfer. Some of the team’s members were instrumental in leading groundbreaking projects like AlphaStar, AlphaCode, Inception, Minerva, GPT-3.5, and GPT-4.
Musk had previously hinted in April about launching an AI platform called “TruthGPT”. With the official announcement of xAI, industry watchers are speculating that this could be the realization of that initiative.