- Elon Musk and Sam Altman recently fought over the superiority of chatbots, Grok and ChatGPT.
- Altman mocked Grok as a chatbot that answers questions with “cringey” boomer humour.
- Musk also accused OpenAI of being humourless and having a “stick so far up it’s a**, that it can taste the bark.”
- Altman and Musk have a long history together, having co-founded OpenAI in 2015.
- Musk has been a vocal critic of unregulated AI use, but he launched Grok in November 2023, six months after calling for a six-month ban on AI development.
The machine learning (ML) community on Twitter witnessed a revival of the rivalry between Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, and Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI.
The reason for their clash?
Musk recently announced the birth of a new AI chatbot he calls “Grok”. More importantly, Musk claims that his AI is “superior” in every way to other models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Both founders were engaged in a minor squabble on Twitter this week, as we got to see Grok in action for the first time.
When Billionaire Geniuses Squabble
The battle of supremacy started when Altman posted a snapshot on Twitter.
In this meme, Altman mocked Grok, and referred to the new AI as a “Chatbot that answers questions with ‘cringey’ boomer humour in a sort of awkward shock-to-get laughs sort of way”.
Altman went further to compare Grok to a version of GPT designed to make grandpa jokes. He compared Grok’s humour to that of “your dad’s dad”, implying that it was outdated and unfunny.
Musk, however, did not find this funny.
Musk (Grok) Fires Back
Musk wasted no time before firing back at Altman.
The Twitter CEO responded with a comeback he claimed was generated by Grok and replied:
“GPT-4? More like GPT-Snore!”
Musk did not stop there. He compared GPT-4’s humour to that of a “screen door on a submarine”.
The text then turned into a rant against OpenAI, accusing it of banning humour and having a “stick so far up it’s a**, that it can taste the bark”.
The Billionaires’ exchange quickly went viral, attracting the attention of both the machine learning community and the general public.
Why This Fight Is Interesting?
Altman and Musk have a long history together.
Back in 2015, both of these CEOs founded OpenAI together. However, Musk left the company in 2018 after its board rejected his proposal for a takeover as the company’s CEO.
Since then, OpenAI has achieved remarkable success, especially with its large language models (LLMs), such as GPT-3 and GPT-4.
Musk, before launching Grok, had been a vocal critic of unregulated AI use. Musk even warned that AI may one day wipe out humanity if it ever became too intelligent and manipulative.
In fact, the Twitter CEO even started a petition for a six-month ban on AI development, to allow for more regulation and supervision.
However, in November 2023, six months after his call, Musk and X announced the launch of Grok.
Musk claims that Grok is not only funnier but also more robust and capable than ChatGPT.
Musk’s claims remain unverified as the general public waits for Grok’s release to the general public.
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