• Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

Elon Musk’s AI Startup xAI Takes on OpenAI with Chatbot Grok, as Tesla Engineers Join

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Engineers from Tesla are Allegedly Leaving to Join Elon Musk’s AI Startup

Tesla engineers are joining Elon Musk’s AI startup xAI, as the company launches a chatbot named Grok to compete against OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Recent reports from The Information reveal that three engineers have left Tesla to work for xAI, including Ethan Knight, a machine-learning scientist and former Tesla employee. This move comes as Musk aims to increase his control over Tesla’s AI strategy.

Musk has accused OpenAI of aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers by offering them considerable compensation. In response, Musk has been increasing salaries for Tesla’s engineering team members in reaction to this recruitment effort. Musk’s push to gain more control over Tesla’s AI strategy was also highlighted in a recent post on X, where he expressed his discomfort with expanding the company’s AI and robotics capabilities without a significant voting bloc control.

Musk’s comments sparked some controversy among investors, who were unnerved by his statements. Analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities labeled Musk’s comments as an ultimatum, while longtime Tesla bull Ross Gerber described them as bizarre and likened them to “blackmail” of Tesla’s investors. Despite this, Musk’s efforts to recruit top AI talent and solidify his control over Tesla’s AI strategy have been closely monitored by the tech community and investors alike.

By Samantha Nguyen

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