Elon Musk has confirmed rumors of founding his own artificial intelligence (AI) company, X.AI, in a recent interview. The new AI conversational agent, dubbed TruthGPT, focuses on potential safety issues, which Musk is determined to resolve himself.
Musk’s solution for addressing safety concerns is to develop an AI that is more interested in the nature of the universe rather than humanity. He believes that an AI that cares about the cosmos is less likely to eradicate humans, as humanity is a part of the universe and represents a sample of intelligent civilization.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed Musk’s previous involvement with OpenAI, which was initially aimed at controlling AI development. However, OpenAI has since transitioned to a commercial product, and Musk’s concerns have not waned. If left unchecked, AI could potentially destroy everything, he warns.
According to Musk, AI is more dangerous than poorly managed aircraft designs or ill-maintained cars because of its vast potential. Regardless of how unlikely it may seem, the possibility of AI destroying everything should not be ignored, as it has the potential to devastate human civilization. Musk has been sounding alarms for years, urging proactive regulation of AI.
TruthGPT, Musk’s AI project, seeks to understand the fundamental nature of the universe. He believes that the best path to safety is by creating an AI that cares about understanding the cosmos, as it would be less likely to eliminate humans who are an intriguing part of the universe.
Musk has not released further details about TruthGPT at this stage, likely due to the recent founding of X.AI. As for the name “TruthGPT,” Musk appears to suggest that other AI systems are deceptive, purposeful, and ill-intentioned. He also commented during the interview that ChatGPT was programmed by left-leaning experts to train chatbots to lie, implying that the issue was embedded from the development stage.
Interestingly, another project with a “Truth” prefix is Donald Trump’s TruthSocial. Trump is currently facing 34 criminal charges and has been indicted by a US court.