Listen: Elon Musk's Twitter Spaces to reveal more about new xAI venture

Politicians rather than AI engineers are rumoured to be part of the Twitter Space event later today. Listen here.
Ameya Paleja
Elon Musk is expected to reveal more about xAI on Twitter Spaces today.

Elon Musk is expected to unveil more details about xAI, his newest venture, in a Twitter Spaces scheduled to take place in the next hour.

You can listen to the event from 4pm ET here.

Musk announced the launch of the artificial intelligence venture two days ago but apart from the name and a vague description that the company wants to "understand reality", not much is known.

What is xAI?

In case, you have woken from a deep slumber, Elon Musk, the world's richest person, and one so vehemently opposed to the deployment of artificial intelligence, this week announced his foray into the AI industry with a new venture called xAI.

This won't come as a surprise to IE readers, who read that Musk had established a startup in Nevada with AI in its name back in April.

Back then, Musk was listed as a director of the venture, but it now appears that he will take on the role of CEO.

As per the company's website, xAI looks like a collection of some of the best minds who have previously contributed to the biggest breakthroughs, such as AlphaCode as well as GPT3.5, the model that powered the ChatGPT version that was launched last year.

Since the company has announced that it will host a Twitter Spaces chat, there is quite some excitement to know what Musk is up to.

The SpaceX, Twitter and Tesla chief has remained uncharacteristically tight-lipped about what xAI will do, but the website suggests that it will be separate from Musk's other companies while working with them to "make progress towards our mission".

What is xAI's mission?

The secrecy over what xAI plans to do appears to have generated a large amount of interest in the Twitter Spaces event.

Listen: Elon Musk's Twitter Spaces to reveal more about new xAI venture
What will xAI do is the question on everybody's mind

xAI's Twitter handle has already racked up more than 440,000 followers but its second tweet about the Spaces announcement has amassed over 11 million views.

The publicity it gathers is great for Musk-owned Twitter as well, but all this hype will die down immediately if xAI's mission does not entice attendees.

The tagline of "Understand the Universe" might seem to be infinitely extending the scope of a startup that is barely a few months old. Moreover, the call for researchers and engineers in the launch announcement also signals that the company plans to expand quickly.

Musk and Co will definitely look to narrow down xAI's responsibilities instead of heading on a wild goose chase. So, they could simply end up doing what their predecessors have done, with a small but important difference. Being able to explain how the models work.

The explosion of large language models (LMM) in recent months has shown us that they work like a "black box". Even the engineers who build them are unable to clearly aerticulate why a chatbot responds or gives certain responses, and xAI might be on a mission to change just that.

xAI could look to build explainable AI, which are more secure models that help humans understand how the AI is working, which would be the first step towards making them less frightening for some.

According to an Axios report, the Twitter Spaces event could feature two Congressmen, Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) with Elon Musk. So, it could cover more about the risks of unexplainable AI models and the need for a bipartisan law to reign them in.

Guess who would have the perfect solution in place then? The host himself.

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