Grok This – Pixel Envy

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If you want to know what absolutely disingenuous

A.I.
ORG

regulation looks like, look no further than

Elon Musk
PERSON

who, in

March
DATE

, was among the signatories of a plea to pause development of these technologies. Thanks to

Mike Masnick
PERSON

for this

first
ORDINAL

link.


Jyoti Narayan
PERSON

,

Krystal Hu
PERSON

,

Martin Coulter
PERSON

, and

Supantha Mukherjee
PERSON

,

Reuters
ORG

:

“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,” said the letter issued by

the Future of Life Institute
ORG

.

The Musk Foundation
ORG

is a major donor to the non-profit, as well as

London
GPE

-based group

Founders Pledge
PERSON

, and

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
ORG

, according to

the European Union’s
ORG

transparency register. “AI stresses me out,”

Musk
PERSON

said

earlier this month
DATE

. He is one of the co-founders of industry leader OpenAI and his carmaker

Tesla
ORG

uses AI for an autopilot system.

Even at the time, as this

Reuters
ORG

story acknowledges,

Musk
PERSON

’s concerns about A.I. rang hollow since he is so eager to avoid responsibility for the autonomous systems in

Teslas
ORG

.

I suppose

Musk
PERSON

must have had a change of heart because his xAI venture launched the Grok language model; I am linking to an Internet Archive capture because this website does not have permalinks. Grok was introduced like so:

Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humor! A unique and fundamental advantage of

Grok
ORG

is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the 𝕏 platform. It will also answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.

If you want to be pedantic, this does not breach the declarations in the open letter from

the Future of Life Institute
ORG

, signed by

Musk
PERSON

, for

two
CARDINAL

reasons:

The letter-writers demanded a

six-month
DATE

pause and, to be fair, it has been

seven months
DATE

. The letter-writers were worried about “systems more powerful than GPT-4”. Grok, according to

xAI
PERSON

, is somewhere between GPT-3.5 and GPT-4.

But come on; I am no fool. If

Musk
PERSON

really was co-signing on the intent of the open letter and agreed with growing concern over a “dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities”, it is idiotic to launch something which offers “spicy” and “rebellious” answers.

Regulators are not complete dummies. They are surely aware of efforts by

A.I.
ORG

businesses to write favourable laws to govern the industry. My hope is for there to be a framework which encourages cautious advancement, with more oversight required as risks become more severe. That sure sounds a lot like the

E.U.
ORG

’s proposal to me, and it seems quite reasonable.