This week, Elon Musk made news when he bought 10,000 industrial-grade GPUs. Now, we know a little more about what their fate will be. The billionaire may have plans to start an artificial intelligence startup to compete with OpenAI, which develops ChatGPT.
The information is from a report by the Financial Times. According to the publication, Musk would be forming a team of researchers and engineers. Some of them would have been recruited from DeepMind, the artificial intelligence company of Alphabet, which owns Google. Talks with investors would have already started, by the way.
The news comes after Business Insider reveal that Musk bought 10,000 GPUs from Nvidia. Devices are a crucial part of training artificial intelligence.
It was believed that Twitter would be the “house” of AI development, with applications in the ad business and search. Even if model building takes place in a separate startup, social network data would be used to train the technology.
In an interview with BBCthe CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter said only that “it seems like everyone is buying GPUs today (…) Twitter and Tesla sure are buying GPUs”.
Musk was once an investor in OpenAI
News of Musk’s newest move towards artificial intelligence was met with a dose of sarcasm.
After all, less than a month ago, he spearheaded the publication of an open letter calling for a six-month pause in the development of technologies more powerful than GPT-4.
No company responded to the request. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, said this Friday (14) that the document left out some “technical details” and that it wasn’t the best way to address a legitimate concern about the security of these models.
Musk is one of the co-founders of OpenAI, still as a non-profit institution. According to a report published in March 2023, the billionaire tried to take control of the organization in 2018, but was rejected.
Since then, he has distanced himself from her and stopped making investments. This may have been crucial in the decision to start a limited profit company linked to the organization, which had Microsoft as its main investor.
With information: CNBC, TechCrunch