Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his safety element depart the corporate’s native workplace in Washington, January 27, 2023.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is planning to launch a synthetic intelligence startup that may go head-to-head with OpenAI, the Monetary Occasions reported Friday.
Musk — the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter — has been constructing a workforce of researchers and engineers and has been in dialog with a number of buyers, the Monetary Occasions reported, citing sources accustomed to the matter. He has additionally reportedly been recruiting from different high AI companies, together with Alphabet-owned DeepMind.
“It is actual and they’re enthusiastic about it,” a supply accustomed to the matter instructed the Monetary Occasions.
Musk has secured 1000’s of Nvidia GPU processors, in response to the report. These chips are an integral a part of constructing a big language mannequin, or LLM, to compete with OpenAI’s GPT. Musk mentioned he was buying the processors for his firms in a Twitter Areas interview with the BBC this week.
“It looks like everybody and their canine is shopping for GPUs at this level,” Musk mentioned. “Twitter and Tesla are definitely shopping for GPUs.”
Musk was as soon as a significant monetary backer at OpenAI, committing $1 billion over a number of years, in response to an earlier report from Semafor. However Musk backed out of his monetary and operational commitments to the synthetic intelligence agency on the identical time OpenAI added a for-profit enterprise section. Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI shortly after Musk ruptured with the group and, earlier this yr, dedicated to a brand new multibillion-dollar funding.
Musk has publicly questioned ChatGPT-creator OpenAI’s strategy. In March, Musk signed an open letter calling for an instantaneous, six-month-long halt on any analysis on AI fashions extra superior than OpenAI’s GPT-4. He has mentioned AI is “one of many largest dangers to the way forward for civilization.”
Musk’s reported enterprise might grow to be the most recent entrant to an more and more crowded area. Past Microsoft and Google, Amazon introduced Thursday that it is getting into the generative AI area.
Musk didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.
Learn extra on the Monetary Occasions.