GrokTech: Quirky AI Unleashed

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Martin Walker
Dec 6, 2023 at 07:52 pm

Elon Musk, a co-founder of OpenAI in the past, has been actively engaged in the development of xAI. His latest venture involves the introduction of a chatbot named Grok, characterized by its distinctive "quirkiness" and its unique feature of utilizing the Twitter API to stay abreast of current events.

Grok remains in its beta testing phase

Grok, currently in its beta phase, has limited accessibility, primarily restricted to internal testers tinkering with its functionalities. Despite this, recent filings with the SEC indicate that Elon Musk has successfully secured external investments for the chatbot and is actively seeking additional funding.

Earlier this year, Musk faced legal challenges related to allegations of improper financial conduct and insider trading of Dogecoin. He dismissed these accusations as baseless and untrue. While it remains uncertain whether the assets associated with xAI will have crypto-related implications, Musk's SEC filing is a preemptive measure to mitigate potential legal disputes, considering the SEC's unpredictable actions in recent months.

Seeking private investors with significant capital commitments

In the pursuit of private investors with substantial investments, Musk has utilized the SEC's Form D to initiate the private sale of xAI equity, aiming to raise $1 billion. The assets are categorized under "other technology," deliberately avoiding the classifications of "computers" and "telecommunications." The filing indicates that over $134.6 million worth of equity has already been sold as of November 29th, with a minimum investment requirement of $2 million for subsequent contributions.

This private equity sale could serve as the final step before xAI becomes accessible to the general public. The rapid progression, from xAI's founding in July to its three-month beta phase, underscores Musk's efficient resource utilization and his prior experience with AI during his tenure on the OpenAI board. Consequently, it is reasonable to anticipate that Grok will be a warmly received addition to the continuously expanding landscape of AI chatbots.

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