Elon Musk’s new AI company, xAI, will release its chatbot to X subscribers who pay $16 per month once it exits beta. A select group of X users started testing Grok, a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, this weekend.

Musk laid out his heady ambitions for xAI earlier this year, saying in July that its intended purpose is, quite literally, “to understand .” Having said that, Musk says Grok will wield a sense of humor, like this… banter sewn into a guide to , which must be funny to someone.

Grok’s notable feature is its real-time access to information published on X, which Musk claims will be “a massive advantage over other models.” Rival chatbots are limited to the information fed to their model. If Grok constantly pulls new information from X, it could have an edge. It could also be more liable to the horrible biases of AI models, not to mention parsing the mass of swirling around the rebranded social network.

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Elon Musk’s new AI company, xAI, is set to release its chatbot called Grok to subscribers who pay $16 per month once it exits beta. A select group of users has already started testing Grok, which is positioned as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Musk has expressed ambitious goals for xAI, stating that its purpose is to “understand.” Despite this, Grok is designed to have a sense of humor and will incorporate banter and funny elements. One of Grok’s notable features is its real-time access to information published on X, which Musk claims will give it a significant advantage over other chatbot models. While this real-time information retrieval can provide an edge, it also brings the risk of AI biases and the challenge of parsing the vast amount of content on the rebranded social network. In addition to chatbot subscriptions, X is exploring other revenue streams, such as selling recycled user handles.