Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is rumored to be starting a new artificial intelligence (AI) startup. This news follows Musk’s recent announcement that Tesla would play a role in the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI), which refers to AI that can perform any intellectual task that a human can.
According to a report by Business Today, Musk plans to launch the new AI startup to rival OpenAI, a research organization co-founded by Musk in 2015. OpenAI focuses on developing safe and beneficial AI, and its research has led to breakthroughs in areas such as natural language processing and reinforcement learning.
The report suggests that Musk has been unhappy with OpenAI’s progress and believes that the organization is not moving quickly enough to develop AGI. As a result, Musk has decided to start his own company to pursue this goal.
This is not the first time that Musk has expressed his ambition to develop AGI. In 2019, he said in an interview that “If you create a super-intelligent AI that has its own goals and can recursively improve itself, then it could improve itself in a very short amount of time and we could be left with an outcome that we didn’t anticipate and couldn’t control.”
The rumors of Musk’s new AI startup come amid reports that he once insulted an OpenAI intern who questioned his decision to pursue AGI technology at Tesla. According to Business Insider, Musk allegedly told the intern, “You don’t know what you’re talking about” and dismissed his concerns.
Musk’s interest in AI
Musk’s interest in AI and his ambition to develop AGI have made him both a champion and a critic of the technology. While he sees the potential for AI to transform society, he also warns of the dangers of uncontrolled AI development.
At this point, there has been no official announcement from Musk or any confirmation of the rumors of his new AI startup. However, if true, this development would certainly shake up the world of AI research and development.