What is TruthGPT (or X.AI for that matter)?

Elon Musk, contends that OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT is irresponsible and dangerous. We all know how he signed a letter suggesting that OpenAI slow down it’s growth, under the guise that AI was becoming a danger to society. What many believed at the time was that Elon was upset that a company he had help fund had gone from being an open source not-for-profit entity, to being a for-profit corporation that cut him out of the loop. This was true – OpenAI basically sold out and Elon got nothing for his investment.

Back in 2015, Elon reportedly invested $50 million into OpenAI. But Musk distanced himself from the organization after a reported disagreement with Sam Altman about who would run the organization. More recently, he has criticized OpenAI for spinning off a for-profit business and working with Microsoft.

I’d be upset too. But it has nothing to do with whether or not AI is a threat to society.

Let’s be candid, this isn’t about shying away from the truth; it’s about acknowledging that prominent figures like Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak are advocating for a temporary halt in the progress of AI technology.

Their motivation? They’re looking for an opportunity to stay in the race.

The rise of advanced AI systems such as ChatGPT can be intimidating for the general public, who may see these developments as potential threats to their employment. However, for innovators like Musk, it’s a wake-up call to the potential gap in his grasp over an industry set to dominate the future.

Musk’s enterprises heavily rely on AI; it guides his spacecraft to safe landings and propels his autonomous vehicles. Hence, it’s implausible to believe that he isn’t intrigued by the prospect of creating something akin to ChatGPT.

And now he has. He’s calling the company X.AI. The product was initially called TruthGPT (it appears that it might now be just called X.AI).

It’s purpose, according the the chatbot itself, is to provide unbiased and fact-based answers to questions, drawing from a wide range of sources and perspectives to ensure a comprehensive and objective understanding of the truth. It claims that this makes it different than ChatGPT.

Wait! What???

TruthGPT will tell you over and over again that it is different than ChatGPT because it provides unbiased information. However, it you ask it, it will admit that it uses the OpenAI API (application programming interface). In other words, it uses the same data set as almost all of the other AI’s out there (except for Bard and a few others). Elon’s competition that “focuses on the safety of humanity” is actually using OpenAI at its core! And it is only using GPT3, not GPT4. Wow!

Other Findings…

While ChatGPT doesn’t have a specific mobile app, it works on cell phones. TruthGPT on the other hand is a mobile only app. It works on both Android and iPhones, but will not work on your laptop. I understand that TruthGPT is playing catch up, but if you are trying to create content, a cell phone only solution doesn’t make much sense. Even Instagram eventually learn this.

Another thing I noticed after I installed the app and started using it is that TruthGPT keeps trying to sell you on its cryptocurrency via ads that popup when you ask it questions. It seems like this is how they want to fund their development.

TruthGPT is not open source – in fact, its Terms and Conditions explicitly prohibit you from adapting, modifying, or creating derivative works from its software. All the things that Elon said he didn’t like about OpenAI, he is doing with his own software. It is pretty clear that I was right when I said he just wanted time to catch up with OpenAI and he really isn’t concerned about the safety of humanity. What I’m more surprised about is the fact that he didn’t file a lawsuit against OpenAI after he invested $50 Million and got nothing in return. And now he is using OpenAI to create his rival product. There must be more to the story.