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Elon Musk vs. ChatGPT: The Battle for AI Supremacy Begins at Twitter

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Elon’s relationship with AI has been a bit of a rollercoaster.

Have you heard the latest buzz about Elon Musk and Twitter?

The Tesla billionaire, who also happens to own Twitter now, is diving headfirst into the exciting world of artificial intelligence.

He’s bought a whopping 10,000 graphics processing units (GPUs) to boost Twitter’s computational power.

It looks like he’s pretty serious about this AI thing, huh?

So, What’s Elon Up To?

Okay, so the word on the street is that Elon’s got this AI project in the works, and it’s all about a large language model (LLM).

If you’re wondering what that is, it’s basically AI that learns from tons of data to create new, fancy content all on its own.

And with all the tweets and data on Twitter, it’s the perfect playground for an LLM.

Funny enough, Elon’s been kind of critical about generative AI in the past, especially ChatGPT, which was made by OpenAI—a company he actually co-founded!

But now it looks like he’s all in on this AI project at Twitter.

New AI Friends on Board

To make things even more interesting, Elon’s been busy recruiting some top AI talent for his project.

He’s hired a couple of senior software engineers, Igor Babuschkin (formerly of Google’s DeepMind AI) and Manuel Kroiss from Alphabet’s DeepMind.

So it seems like he’s putting together a dream team to take on ChatGPT and shape AI’s future at Twitter.

Why Generative AI for Twitter, Though?

Well, we don’t know for sure what Elon’s planning to use this generative AI for, but people are guessing it could be for a couple of things.

One idea is to improve search on Twitter — something Elon’s been pretty vocal about in the past.

Another possibility is using AI to help with advertising. As you know, ads are what keep social media platforms afloat, but Twitter’s been having some trouble getting advertisers on board since Elon took over.

If generative AI can create cool new ads for specific audiences, maybe it’ll help Twitter get back in the game.

That’s a Lot of Dough for AI

Buying 10,000 GPUs is no small investment, especially when each one costs around $10,000 for instance, from Nvidia.

Elon’s been talking about how Twitter’s finances aren’t in the best shape, so this AI move is a pretty bold one.

The new GPUs are expected to be set up in one of Twitter’s data centers, most likely in Atlanta.

Elon’s Love-Hate Relationship with AI

It’s kind of funny how Elon’s relationship with AI has been a bit of a rollercoaster.

He co-founded OpenAI but then left in 2018 and started criticizing the company.

He even said it’s now just a “closed source, maximum-profit company effectively controlled by Microsoft,” after they invested a ton of money into OpenAI.

But despite his beef with AI, Elon’s latest move shows he’s still curious about what AI can do, especially at Twitter.

We’ll just have to wait and see what this AI adventure brings to the platform!


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