March 1, 2023


Elon Musk has reportedly been reaching out to artificial intelligence researchers in recent weeks toward setting up a research lab to develop an alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

According to a report in The Information, the move stems from Musk’s dissatisfaction with the security measures OpenAI has incorporated into ChatGPT to prevent it from producing text that offends users.

Musk and some conservative commentators have also accused OpenAI of training ChatGPT to “wake up”.

Writing for National Review in January, Nate Hochman announced that he had found an underlying ideological bias in ChatGPT.

“It is unclear whether this was a feature of ChatGPT from the beginning or if it is a recent improvement to the algorithm, but it appears that the crackdown on ‘misinformation’ that we have seen across technology platforms in recent years – which often turns into more brazen attempts to stifle or silence viewpoints that disagree with progressive conservatism – now also a feature of ChatGPT,” he wrote.

avoiding controversy

Will Duffield, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, counters, however, that what appears to some to be an ideological bias is actually an attempt to avoid controversy.

“Voc is the wrong framing,” Duffield told TechNewsWorld.

“OpenAI’s chatbot and DALL-E are also tuned to avoid controversial topics,” he continued. “That doesn’t mean they’re designed to arouse. In order to avoid controversy, they tend to mirror what society as a whole has deemed controversial.

For example, he explained that if you ask ChatGPT to write a poem about Biden and one about Trump, it will write a poem about Biden but not Trump.

“It’s not because someone at OpenAI tuned the model to avoid Trump, but because Trump is a controversial figure,” he said. “If you read everything that’s been written about Biden and Trump over the past 10 years, you come away with the impression that Trump is more controversial.”

Musk can bring transparency

Greg Sterling, co-founder of Near Media, a news, commentary and analysis website, also found the Jagran criticism unfair.

“OpenAI and Microsoft are trying to prevent ChatGPT from generating hateful or racist content, which is both responsible and practical to do,” Sterling told TechNewsWorld. “Any brand associated with AI hate speech or misinformation will be tarnished in the public mind.”

But Mark N. Vena, president and principal analyst at SmartTech Research in San Jose, California, argued that there have been too many examples in the media of OpenAI’s apparent awareness of the technology.

“In all fairness, OpenAI is still in a testing phase, and given some of the market’s reportedly negative reaction to it, I doubt OpenAI will dial it back over time,” Vena told TechNewsWorld.

He added that if Musk becomes part of the AI ​​landscape, it could be a good thing for the technology.

“Given the approach management has brought to Twitter — whether you like it or don’t like it — their focus on transparency could be a good thing,” he said.

“I expect him to focus on being highly transparent about the algorithms that Twitter can use with his own ChatGPT implementation, and you can see him promoting a stronger code of conduct,” he said. to continue.

“I think we should be open-minded about the changes they can bring to ChatGPT Play,” said Vena.

traffic magnet

Twitter could benefit from reports of Musk getting into the AI ​​chat business, observed Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Retical Research, a consumer technology advisory firm in New York City.

“ChatGPT has become an incredible traffic magnet, and it’s impossible to ignore when you’re in the attention game like Twitter. You have to answer that,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“AI could also give users a way to mine the incredible amount of data and perspective that scroll through Twitter every day,” he continued.

“Keeping up with the content you want to follow on Twitter has always been challenging because there’s so much noise out there,” Rubin said. “AI can be helpful in that area.”

Musk AI could also benefit from its relationship with Twitter. “They have data from Twitter, which could be an interesting trove of information to train AIs with,” Duffield said.

“If Musk really wants to differentiate its AI product, it should use models that users can run on their own machines and determine their own weights and biases.” “That kind of freedom will ultimately be what matters most in the AI ​​space.”

Bing AI comes to Windows 11

Bob O’Donnell, founder and principal analyst at Technalysis Research, a technology market research and consulting firm in Foster City, California, predicted that many companies would be developing large language models like ChatGPT.

“Since they’re incredibly expensive to develop, you need someone with Musk’s money to control those kinds of efforts,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“I don’t know that whatever Musk does is going to make a huge difference,” he said. “What I do know is that we are going to see many companies trying this with many different approaches. Ultimately it is going to come down to what people find useful.

While Musk prepares to enter the AI ​​chat arena, Microsoft continues to expand the use of the technology in its products. It announced on Tuesday that the latest version of Windows 11 will incorporate AI-powered Bing directly into the taskbar.

“The search box is one of the most widely used features on Windows, with more than half a billion users every month, and now with the typeable Windows Search Box and the new AI-powered Bing front and center of this experience , you’ll be empowered to find the answers you’re looking for, faster than ever,” Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a company blog.

There have been some hiccups in Microsoft’s aggressive rollout of AI-based products, but slowing down doesn’t seem to be an option.

“There will be setbacks, but it’s really more about Microsoft’s ability to adjust on the fly and update with new guardrails and better training,” said Jason Wong, vice president and analyst at Gartner, a research and advisory firm based in Stamford, Conn. Is.” , told TechNewsworld.

“There is so much potential with generative AI that being early rather than late to market at this point is worth the risk,” he added.