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Recent corporate filings in Nevada suggest that Elon Musk may be getting serious about taking on artificial-intelligence first-movers like Microsoft-backed OpenAI. The billionaire owner of Tesla and Twitter has been named as a director in a business-incorporation document filed in March for a new company called X.ai Corp.
Web domains using the “.ai” suffix — formally the “top-level” domain for the country of Anguilla — are popular with tech businesses pursuing artificial intelligence projects.
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Kasturi’s possible move start an artificial intelligence business That was reported on Friday by the Financial Times, which cited unnamed people familiar with the billionaire’s efforts to assemble a team and secure investors for the venture.
Musk recently hired Igor Babushkin, a scientist at the artificial-intelligence lab DeepMind, which is owned by Google-parent Alphabet.,
To aid in this effort, The Wall Street Journal reported on friday,
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The Nevada filing also names Jared Birchell, who oversees ventures owned by Musk including tunneling firm The Boring Company and neurotechnology start-up Neuralink, as a director of X.ai Corp.
Records show that on March 28 Xai Inc. A business called was also established. None of the officers or directors were identified in those records.
A message seeking comment from Musk through Tesla’s (ticker: TSLA) investor-relations department did not elicit an immediate response. Birchall did not respond to a message sent through Neuralink. Babushkin did not respond to messages sent via social media.
X.ai was registered in Nevada on March 9, nearly two weeks before Musk’s name was revealed. signer of an open letter Academics and tech leaders and others called for a moratorium on artificial-intelligence development. Others who signed the letter included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and businessman and politician Andrew Yang.
The letter came as potential competitors for the Musk-led artificial-intelligence product launched services including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Alphabet’s Bard, which some fear could pose societal risks.
,[R]The authors of the paper wrote that in recent months AI labs have been locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy more powerful digital brains that no one – not even their creators – understand. can be predicted or controlled reliably.
Musk helped found OpenAI in 2015 with its current chief executive, Sam Altman, but left the company in 2018.
Attempts to access the X.ai website on Saturday revealed a browser error, indicating that no content is currently hosted on the site.
The website was previously home to an artificial-intelligence-based appointment-scheduling service called “x.ai”, according to archived versions of its website. that business was acquired in 2021 by New York-based event-management company Bizabo.
Eran Ben-Shushan, Chief Executive Officer of Bizzabo, said: Baron’s that the features of the x.ai scheduling business were integrated into its service and it was decided to sell its domain name and trademark. He did not respond to a follow-up message asking for the identity of the buyer and the timing of the sale.
“X” is a recurring company name for Musk: the online bank he founded in 1999 merged with the company that became PayPal, called X.com, and he recently founded X Corp. . which has since absorbed Twitter. Musk has also put Twitter as the foundation of a multi-featured app that will be called “X”.
“X” is also the first name of Musk’s son with singer Claire Alice Boucher, known as Grimes. Boucher explained on twitter It stands for “Unknown Variable”.
The child’s middle name, “AE A-12”, is based on what Boucher calls AI’s “elven spelling” for artificial intelligence.
Write to Jacob Adelman at [email protected]