Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, has unveiled a new AI chatbot called ‘Grok,’ available exclusively to select users as of its launch. Musk touted Grok as “the best that currently exists” in certain aspects and highlighted its penchant for sarcasm and humour in responses.

Grok is designed to answer a wide array of questions, even those considered too provocative for most AI systems. In a demonstration, Grok showcased its witty responses, blending general information with sarcasm. When asked for a guide to making cocaine, Grok replied sarcastically before warning against pursuing such endeavours.

However, like many generative AI tools, Grok has faced criticism for inaccuracies in its responses. Despite its entertaining tone, the chatbot, like its counterparts, sometimes provides flawed or misleading information.

Grok is a creation of the xAI team, a company linked closely to Musk’s other ventures, including X and Tesla. Musk has expressed his ambition to develop AI that seeks truth and understanding about the universe.

One notable feature of Grok is its integration with the X platform, offering up-to-date information to users. Although currently in a beta phase, Grok will eventually become available to paying subscribers of X. Musk also revealed plans to integrate Grok into the X app and offer it as a standalone application.

Musk, a well-known advocate of AI technology, co-founded OpenAI, the organization responsible for ChatGPT, a widely used AI tool. Companies like Google and Meta have also introduced their versions of AI models, aiming to generate human-like text based on previously ingested information.

Grok, named after a term coined by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, embodies the concept of deeply understanding others. However, xAI, the developer behind Grok, stated that the chatbot’s inspiration came from Douglas Adams’ ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,’ intending Grok to answer a variety of questions and even suggest queries.

Grok, though in its early beta stage, represents a significant step in AI technology, albeit one that still faces challenges in providing accurate and reliable responses. As AI technology continues to advance, users can anticipate further improvements in the accuracy and reliability of such chatbots.