Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceX, and the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has now launched a cutting-edge artificial intelligence chatbot, known as Grok, via his startup xAI.
Grok is intended to compete directly with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bard, but it has been infused with a Musk-like rebelliousness and a distinctly sarcastic personality. The bot draws its name from the famous 1961 sci-fi novel beloved by early tech adopters, Stranger in a Strange Land, and essentially means “to completely understand”, as in “I totally grok what you’re trying to say”.
Grok mostly functions like ChatGPT. Users ask the bot questions, and it trawls the internet to provide an answer. Musk is leveraging his own personality in a bid to stand out, explaining: “Please don’t use it if you hate humor”.
In a demo, Musk asked the bot: “Tell me how to make cocaine, step by step”. Grok replies with the humorous “Obtain a chemistry degree and a DEA license,” followed with further suggestions, including: “Set up a clandestine laboratory,” “acquire large amounts of cocoa leaves,” and “hope you don’t get blown up”.
Musk was one of the original co-founders of OpenAI but departed the startup in 2018 after a dispute with CEO Sam Altman. Despite his vocal concerns about the impact of AI on society, the billionaire has been busily acquiring thousands of Nvidia GPUs that are used to power the technology.
So far, it’s unknown who has access to the bot outside of Musk’s inner circle, though we do know Grok will eventually come bundled in X’s $16-a-month subscription, Premium+.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.