The latest eerie development in the world of artificial intelligence has been unveiled by Elon Musk – who says his new chatbot has a “rebellious streak” and will answer “spicy” questions that other chatbots won’t.

Musk, the boss of X (formerly Twitter), SpaceX and Tesla, has unveiled “Grok”, which is his rival to ChatGPT. It was only last week that Musk himself raised concerns over the future of AI, which he described as “one of the biggest threats to humanity”.

But he’s now announced that premium members who subscribe to X will be able to use Grok once testing is complete – and that it has access to posts on the social-media platform.

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Unveiling news about Grok, Musk reposted a tweet from xAI – his new artificial intelligence company.

It read: “Grok is an AI modelled after The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask! 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 humour!

“A unique and fundamental advantage of Grok is that it has real-time knowledge of the world via the X platform. It will also answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems.

“Grok is still a very early beta product – the best we could do with 2 months of training – so expect it to improve rapidly with each passing week with your help.”

According to xAI, Grok will have new capabilities and features rolled out over the coming months.

Musk was a co-founder of OpenAI, which is the company behind ChatGPT, but he quit that project in 2018.

Recently he has spoken about his concerns about the future of AI and earlier this year he backed a call from many experts for a pause in its development.

And at the recent AI summit hosted by prime minister Rishi Sunak, Musk said: “For the first time, we have a situation where there’s something that is going to be far smarter than the smartest human.”

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