According to reports, Musk recently purchased about 10,000 GPUs for use in one of Twitter’s two data centers. The project involves creating a generative artificial intelligence that Twitter will train on its own vast amounts of data. It’s unclear how Twitter will use the technology, but generative AI could enhance Twitter’s search capabilities or help rebuild its advertising business.
On March 11, local time, Musk released a tweet with only one letter: X. Meanwhile, an April court filing revealed that Twitter Inc has formally merged with X Corp.
The project involves creating a generative artificial intelligence that Twitter will train on its own vast amounts of data. It’s unclear how Twitter will use the technology. Business Insider claims that generative artificial intelligence could enhance Twitter’s search function or help rebuild its advertising business.
Musk has been an outspoken critic of OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research organization he co-founded in 2015. Most recently, he spearheaded an open letter calling for a six-month moratorium on AI development. “I’m still baffled by how my $100 million nonprofit somehow turned into a $30 billion for-profit. If it’s legal, why isn’t everyone doing it?” Musk said in a statement. In a recent tweet, he criticized OpenAI’s for-profit subsidiary, OpenAI Limited Partnership.
However, a recent report by the emerging media Semafor revealed that the feud between Musk and OpenAI was more due to personal reasons. In 2018, Musk told OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman that the lab was lagging too much behind Google. Altman and the other founders of OpenAI rejected Musk’s suggestion that he should be the one running the company.
The power struggle led to Musk’s departure from OpenAI, despite public statements from both sides that Musk’s departure was due to conflicts of interest involving Tesla. At the time, OpenAI said Musk would continue to fund its research. However, according to Semafor, Musk’s funding stopped after he left, despite his pledge to give the company around $1 billion. A sudden funding shortfall has OpenAI scrambling to raise cash. In 2019, the group announced it would create a for-profit subsidiary to ensure the funding it needs for its work. That same year, the company announced a $1 billion investment from Microsoft. When OpenAI opened ChatGPT to the public last November, Musk was reportedly “very angry.” A month later, he cut off OpenAI’s access to Twitter data.