When Musk announced the establishment of xAI in July, the company went with a bold mission statement of understanding “the true nature of the universe.” So far, the company has remained quite, while employees that have previously worked at OpenAI, Microsoft, Google, and Tesla continue working on the secretive project.
However, Musk appears bullish on whatever it is that xAI is building. “In some important respects, it is the best that currently exists,” he wrote in a post on X. Greg Yang, who is leading xAI, says the AI lab was developing a “theory of everything” for neural networks.
“AI will enable everyone to understand our mathematical universe in ways unimaginable before,” Yang wrote, which sounds no less vague than Musk’s claims of demystifying the true nature of the tangible universe. However, neither Musk — nor his EV brand Tesla — are strangers to AI.
Musk was on the founding board of OpenAI, while Tesla currently utilizes advanced machine learning models to dictate its automobile self-driving technology. Interestingly, not too long ago, Musk also signed a letter that asked for a freeze on developing cutting-edge AI tech, citing risks to humanity. That said, it’s unclear if xAI falls under that umbrella, or if Musk’s company has other plans for its artificial intelligence project.