A coming revolution on Twitter? Elon Musk is investing in artificial intelligence (AI) within his social network, according to an article published Tuesday (April 11) by Insider, while the multibillionaire signed a call last month to pause research on the Next generation AI.
According to unnamed sources from Insider, the executive recently purchased some 10,000 graphics processors, and Twitter’s AI project includes a language model.
These models, trained from large amounts of data, are able to generate all kinds of texts and answer user questions via interfaces such as ChatGPT (OpenAI) or Bard (Google). Elon Musk, who has laid off thousands of Twitter employees since he bought the platform in October, has also hired AI specialists, according to Insider.
The article mentions the recruitment of Igor Babuschkin and Manuel Kroiss, both of whom went through DeepMind, the AI branch of Alphabet (parent company of Google). The specialized site The Information had already indicated at the end of February that the boss of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter was trying to put together a team to compete with OpenAI, which has been creating a sensation since last year with the success of ChatGPT.
Asked by Agence France-Presse, Igor Babuschkin did not respond immediately and the Twitter address for the press automatically sent a now typical poop-shaped emoticon. From Microsoft to Snapchat, all the tech giants and many start-ups are investing in generative AI.
But the ultra-rapid adoption and progression of this technology also raises many concerns, especially when Sam Altman, the boss of OpenAI, talks about the upcoming advent of so-called “general” artificial intelligence, when the programs will be ” smarter than humans in general.”
At the end of March, hundreds of academics, bosses and personalities, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) and Emad Mostaque (boss of Stability AI), called for a six-month pause in research on artificial intelligences more powerful than GPT-4, OpenAI’s latest language model.
They discuss various risks associated with this technology, and ask themselves in these terms: “Is it desirable to develop non-human minds that could ultimately outnumber us, outwit us and replace us? »
Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015, before leaving the company in 2018. The Californian start-up has been mainly funded by Microsoft since 2019. He has since criticized the company, notably believing in a tweet last December that it leads to the ‘IA to be “woke” (a term designating a fringe of the American left), i.e. to “lie”.