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Elon Musk sounds alarm on AI tools, says OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google Gemini can end civilisation

Discussions about AI (artificial intelligence) taking over the world and leading to humanity’s end have been going around ever since OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT to the world. The AI chatbot, known for its human-like responses, can write poetry, come up with content ideas, write code, and whatnot. And while this has left some people excited, a section of people is also concerned. Elon Musk, who belongs to the latter school of thought, has slammed ChatGPT on more than one occasion. From saying that the AI tool is “too woke” to terming some of its capabilities as “concerning”, Musk left no stone unturned in warning people about AI’s negative impact. He had also signed a letter, along with other tech experts, asking for a pause in AI development for six months.

Now, in his recent post on X, Musk could be seen warning against ChatGPT once again. But this time, the X boss is talking against Google’s AI chatbot, Gemini (earlier called Bard) as well.

Musk was responding to a user on X who was originally talking about a TED talk video by NPR CEO and president Katherine Maher. In the video, the NPR CEO was explaining to her audience how the truth is subjective. She went on about how the truth could mean different things to different people at the same time. In response to this talk, 59-year-old Canadian Professor Gaad Saad pointed out that the phrase “truth is subjective” appears to be the bedrock of postmodernism.

“This is why I refer to it as the granddaddy of all parasitic idea pathogens,” he wrote on X, sharing the video.

Musk responded to Saad’s post on X and wrote, “Now imagine if this is programmed, explicitly or implicitly, into super powerful AI – it could end civilisation. Now, no need to imagine. It is already programmed into Google Gemini and OpenAI ChatGPT.”

Even though Musk has time and again warned against the use of AI, he has also been involved in the technology for a long time. In 2015, Musk became one of the founding members of OpenAI along with Sam Altman and others. At the time, OpenAI was a non-profit company. Musk left the company in 2018 and it was earlier reported that he left out of a “conflict of interest” situation since his other companies were also working on AI technologies. However, in a blog post recently, OpenAI had revealed that Musk left the company because he wanted full control of it and even suggested merging it with Tesla at one point.

Meanwhile, in December last year, Musk introduced his own AI chatbot, GrokAI to the world. The chatbot can be accessed by X Premium and Premium+ users and was said to have a “sense of humour” at the time of its launch. Grok AI was introduced as an AI assistant that will answer questions with “wit and also has a rebellious streak.”

The xAI team wrote in a tweet that “those who lack a sense of humour shouldn’t use GrokAI.” The team’s post read, “Grok is an AI modelled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask. Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humour.”

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Divyanshi Sharma

Published On:

Apr 18, 2024

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