Elon Musk Launches New AI Company to “Understand the Universe”

Elon Musk has announced the formation of a new artificial intelligence company called xAI, one that, as opposed to OpenAI, is concerned with unlocking the mysteries of the universe. “The goal of xAI is to understand the true nature of the universe,” reads a statement on the company’s official website, which includes a list of 12 team members, including Musk, all of whom are set to participate in a Q&A scheduled for this Friday, July 14 on Twitter Spaces. xAI represents the latest in the growing lineup of Musk-owned companies, which already includes the likes of SpaceX and Tesla.

Our team is led by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. We have previously worked at DeepMindOpenAIGoogle ResearchMicrosoft ResearchTesla, and the University of Toronto. Collectively we contributed some of the most widely used methods in the field, in particular the Adam optimizerBatch NormalizationLayer Normalization, and the discovery of adversarial examples. We further introduced innovative techniques and analyses such as Transformer-XLAutoformalization, the Memorizing TransformerBatch Size Scaling, and μTransfer. We have worked on and led the development of some of the largest breakthroughs in the field including AlphaStarAlphaCodeInceptionMinervaGPT-3.5, and GPT-4.

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