Elon Musk recruits team to develop OpenAI’s ChatGPT rival – The Information

Feb. 27 (Reuters) – Elon Musk has been approaching AI researchers in recent weeks about forming a new research lab to develop an alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the information reported Monday, citing people with direct knowledge of the effort.

Tesla and Twitter chief Musk has recruited Igor Babuschkin, a researcher who recently left Alphabet’s DeepMind AI unit (GOOGL.O), the report said.

The report comes after ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot developed by OpenAI that can compose prose, poetry or even computer code on command, gained a lot of attention in Silicon Valley.

Musk, who co-founded OpenAI as a non-profit startup with Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman in 2015, had left the board in 2018 but agreed with his take on the chatbot, calling it “scary good.”

Musk and Babuschkin have talked about assembling a team to continue AI research, but the project is still in its early stages and there is no concrete plan to develop specific products, the report said citing an interview with the latter .

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Babuschkin added that he has not officially signed on to the Musk initiative, according to the report.

Musk and Babuschkin were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Yana Gaur in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru; Edited by Rashmi Aich

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