Elon Musk confirms “TruthGPT” AI project will use many GPUs

Elon Musk has confirmed plans to build an AI project that will rival Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. Musk’s AI business is developing generative AI “that seeks the truth” promising to be safer than existing generative AI services.

“I’m going to start something called ‘TruthGPT,’ or the most advanced AI system that seeks the truth and tries to understand the true nature of the universe”, Elon Musk said in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, as reported by Reuters. “It's just starting late. But I'll try to create a third option”. He also reportedly said, “AI is more dangerous than, for example, poorly built aircraft or cars that are manufactured poorly or maintained badly.”

Although the entrepreneur did not reveal any further details about his AI project in the interview, Elon Musk shared his concerns about Microsoft's level of authority over OpenAI and the company's shift in focus to AI to become a non-profit, Bloomberg reports. Musk also expressed his concern that chatbots are too politically correct and said that his own AI would focus on finding the truth, but refrained from revealing how the AI seeks to find the truth.

Elon Musk's new AI company is expected to be a separate entity from his other businesses, and the exact position within Elon Musk's commercial empire remains unclear. Nonetheless, unofficial sources suggest that the company may be using Twitter content for language model training and using Tesla's vast computing resources.

To build the AI startup, Musk is recruiting AI engineers from major companies and around half a dozen AI rockstar specialists are already on board. It was previously reported that around 10,000 Nvidia computing GPUs (Nvidia A100 or H100, it's not yet clear) have been acquired for Musk's AI project, meaning hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent on this. Meanwhile, Musk is also said to be in talks with SpaceX and Tesla investors regarding funding for this AI project, according to a Financial Times report.

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