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Elon Musk has announced the name of his new AI — Grok. The AI chatbot, built by xAI, is the latest rival to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The main difference (in theory) is that Grok will be more fun, and less cautious. However, this remains to be seen, as does the chat bot itself! Here’s how to sign up for the Grok waitlist, and begin using Musk’s new AI platform as soon as possible.
How to join the Grok AI waitlist
To join the Grok waitlist, you’ll first need to be an X Premium subscriber. Yes, like the accounts with a blue checkmark on X (formerly Twitter).
The new AI Chatbot, Grok, was announced by xAI via X (formerly Twitter) on the 5th of November, 2023. This AI bot is powered by a large language model (LLM) called Grok-1, in the same way that ChatGPT is powered by GPT-4. An immediate competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, as well as Bing Chat, Google Bard, and Anthropic Claude-2, Grok promises to address “spicy” topics such as political views with more humor than its artificially intelligent peers.
Here’s how to access Grok, as soon as it becomes available:
Head to the x.ai website. This is where you’ll find Grok and future AI systems developed by xAI.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see a section called “Early Access to Grok”.
Click where the text guides you to sign up for the Grok waitlist. This will redirect you to the Grok landing page.
Sign in with your X account and you will be added to the waitlist. You can optionally provide your email address to be notified when you receive early access.
If successful, you’ll see the message “Email saved. You will be notified once we have onboarded you into our early access program.” Now all we can do is wait!
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Early Access to Grok
Early access to Grok is now set to roll out to all X Premium subscribers next week (Commencing Monday, November 27th).
Upon arriving on the xAI website, you’ll be greeted by a blog post. On November 4th, the AI research and development firm gave us a top-level statement regarding the vision for the new AI chatbot, what it will do, and how it will do it.
Grok is an AI modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask!xAI blog post, November 4th 2023
The official blog post begins by referencing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the 1978 BBC Radio show, adapted into the 1979 science fiction novel, adapted into the 2005 feature film. Knowing CEO Elon Musk’s eccentric and unserious personality online, it’s no surprise that his AI chatbot will “answer questions with a bit of wit” and a “rebellious streak”.
According to xAI, Grok will have the “unique and fundamental advantage” of “real-time knowledge of the world” thanks to the data source that is the X platform. In addition, it will “answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.” It will be interesting to see what philosophical innovations come from testing the Venn diagram of free speech, large language models (LLM), and AI safety.
Who can access Grok AI?
While the waitlist is still in place, “Grok is still a very early beta product – the best we could do with 2 months of training – so expect it to improve rapidly with each passing week,” a process which will be accelerated by input from users.
Grok is currently limited to a “number of users in the United States” who will “provide valuable feedback that will help us improve its capabilities before a wider release.” Considering that this iteration of the AI chatbot has only been trained for 2 months, the early access “release just represents the first step for xAI.” As a result, users can expect “new capabilities and features in the coming months.”