The ChatGPT from OpenAI has been a game-changer since its launch in late 2022, amassing over 100 million monthly users. This has sparked an AI arms race between traditional tech giants like Microsoft and Google, who are rushing to develop competing models. However, there are concerns about the accuracy of information shared by models like ChatGPT and its rival Google Bard, which occasionally present absolute falsehoods with confidence.
In response, Elon Musk has announced his plan to create a “TruthGPT” to counter what he believes is liberal bias shown by the popular chatbot. The billionaire owner of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter told Fox News that his alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT would be an “utterly-maximal machine intelligence that seeks the truth and tries to understand the nature of the universe.” Musk accused OpenAI – one of his earliest investments – of training its chatbot “to be politically correct.”
The development of AI has caused increasing calls for regulation. Musk is a proponent for government intervention, citing that technology poses more risks to society than rockets or cars. However, Tesla’s driverless cars have come under scrutiny, with 360,000 vehicles recalled due to software concerns.
Similar to China and Italy’s restrictions on generative AI services adhering to strict regulations, the EU’s law enforcement agency, Europol, warns that ChatGPT can be used by criminals to spread misinformation. The US also calls for regulation, inviting public opinion on how to safeguard jobs and privacy through a “plan for a declaration of AI rights.”
As for Musk’s TruthGPT, reports suggest that he is still building the team for its AI launch. He recently incorporated a new business called X.AI Corp, where Musk is listed as director and his advisor, Jared Birchall, as secretary. The company was formed on March 9th and merged Twitter into an entity named X Corp.
While ChatGPT and other AI language models have undoubtedly transformed the way people interact with technology, the need for regulation to ensure accuracy and protect society from misinformation is ever more pressing. Only time will tell if Musk’s TruthGPT will prove to be a reliable counter to alleged bias in popular AI chatbots.