Musk hit ChatGPT-maker OpenAI with a lawsuit filed on February 29 [File]
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Elon Musk announced on Monday that his AI company xAI would open source its chatbot Grok that is available as part of his social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

“This week, @xAI will open source Grok,” posted Musk to his more than 170 million followers.

Musk hit ChatGPT-maker OpenAI with a lawsuit filed on February 29, accusing the AI startup and its chief Sam Altman of departing from the “original mission and historical practice of making its technology and knowledge available to the public,” by keeping GPT-4’s internal design largely a secret.

When he announced that Grok would become open source, he also added that OpenAI was a “lie.”

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In a blog post published on March 5, OpenAI responded to some of Musk’s accusations in the lawsuit and disagreed with his claim that the company was keeping its tech to itself.

“We provide broad access to today’s most powerful AI, including a free version that hundreds of millions of people use every day,” said OpenAI, citing the use of its tools in Albania, Kenya, India, Rhode Island, and Iceland as examples.

Musk was a part of OpenAI but left the company years before its famous ChatGPT launch in late 2022.

While OpenAI offers a free version of ChatGPT that is not as advanced as its paid offerings, Musk’s Grok chatbot is currently available to paying Premium+ subscribers on X.

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