Billionaire “Chief Twit” Elon Musk has elevated his reputation as the real-life Tony Stark with the launch of a new artificial intelligence company according to a filing in — where else? — Sin City.
On March 9, Musk registered X.AI as a domestic corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fox Business reports, listing himself as the new company’s sole director.
The sale of 100 million shares for the privately held company has been authorized.
In case you missed it, Twitter, Inc. merged earlier this month into X Corp, a privately held company under X Holdings Company, which Musk, of course, owns.
“Pursuant to Rule 7.1 (a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the undersigned counsel for Defendant X Corp., as successor in interest to named Defendant Twitter, Inc., hereby states that Twitter, Inc. has been merged into X Corp. and no longer exists,” a legal filing states, according to Fox Business.
It was a move that takes Musk one step closer to realizing his dream of building what he calls “X, the everything app.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 11, 2023
It’s a goal that Musk set some time ago, and his purchase of Twitter, he said, accelerated the process.
“Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app,” he tweeted in October 2022, adding, “Twitter probably accelerates X by 3 to 5 years, but I could be wrong.”
Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2022
Twitter probably accelerates X by 3 to 5 years, but I could be wrong
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2022
The tech guru has long been warning of the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.
Late last month, Musk — along with more than 1,000 others, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the founder and scientific director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (Mila) Yoshua Bengio — signed a letter issued by the Future of Life Institute calling for a six-month pause on the development of next-generation AI systems following the release of blatantly biased chatbot software such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT (generative pre-trained transformer) and Google’s Bard.
Musk, others sign letter calling for a six-month pause on AI program development https://t.co/vWeHDUR3iX pic.twitter.com/DU5ajD1WMB
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 2, 2023
“AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs,” the letter stated.
On Twitter, Musk’s tweets often include AI cautions — some humorous, some chilling.
There is great danger in training an AI to lie
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2022
Having a bit of AI existential angst today
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2023
Old joke about agnostic technologists building artificial super intelligence to find out if there’s a God.
They finally finish & ask the question.
AI replies: “There is now, mfs!!”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2023
Summary of argument against AI safety pic.twitter.com/Vmg4yJm22Y
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 4, 2023
More recently, Musk sat down with Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” for an interview that will air on Monday night, and, Fox Business reports, he pulled no punches.
“AI is more dangerous than, say, mismanaged aircraft design or production maintenance or bad car production,” he said. “In the sense that it has the potential — however small one may regard that probability, but it is non-trivial — it has the potential of civilization destruction.”
Back on Twitter, people are applauding the X.AI news.
“This is VERY important,” tweeted one user. “Ever since OpenAI became ClosedAI, the need for a TRULY humanity-defending mission-focused AI development team has risen exponentially.”
“There are few people,” the user stated, “more trustworthy for this than Elon Musk.”
This is VERY important.
Ever since OpenAI became ClosedAI, the need for a TRULY humanity-defending mission-focused AI development team has risen exponentially.
There are few people more trustworthy for this than Elon Musk.
— Jeb Miller (@JebSMiller) April 14, 2023
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