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Grok isn’t a Pokemon — it’s Elon Musk’s X AI and it’s available now

If it was a Pokemon, it would probably look like Muk

Yup, you read that right: Elon Musk’s AI for X (formerly Twitter) is really, seriously named Grok. It has now rolled out for all X’s Premium+ subscribers in the United States, with Musk stating it will be available to all English users in the next week.

 

Grok’s announcement post last month reads: “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!” From anyone else, this could be read as harmless, tongue-and-cheek reverse psychology, but given this is Elon Musk, it’s difficult not to hear the “Comedy is now legal on Twitter” post he made when he bought the platform.

Of course, comedy for him includes bad-taste gags about the Israel-Hamas war that made even Joe Rogan uncomfortable.

The major advantage of Grok is that it can access anything posted to X in real-time. That means it can comment on current events, unlike ChatGPT and Bard. One user asked it about the number of QAnon conspiracists there are on X. However, that doesn’t mean it always gets things right. Grok claimed that the jury in Sam Bankman-Fried deliberated for eight hours, but it was really four hours.

The other big selling point is its vulgarity and sense of humour. If prompted to “be vulgar,” Grok really holds nothing back. Even when not instructed in its tone, Grok’s responses are generally first-person and sassy. After all, its announcement did brag that it would “answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.”

Admittedly, this can make it feel a little more human at times compared to other AI chatpots. This has led to some users calling Grok better and more intelligent than its competitors, ChatGPT, Bard and others. Bindu Reddy, CEO of Abacus.AI claimed “the safety RLHF makes the other LLMs dumber… You are killing off part of the LLM brain by overly censoring it.”

Still, this will only feel human if you happen to enjoy this sense of humour. Elizabeth Lopatto, a reporter at The Verge, broke down Grok’s humour and said: “These are some Cards-Against-Humanity-ass answers.” She goes through the difficulty of doing fact-based humour and analyzes how Grok lands by relying heavily on vulgarity.

Source: Grok, Elon Musk, Bindu Reddy, The Verge

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