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In the landscape of artificial intelligence, Elon Musk’s xAI is making waves with the launch of Grok, an AI chatbot modelled after the iconic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

This new chatbot isn’t just another AI; it’s designed to be a knowledge companion, capable of answering any question and suggesting queries you might not have considered.

With a touch of wit and a rebellious streak, Grok promises a unique user experience, appealing to those who appreciate a bit of humour in their interactions. Musk revealed on his social media platform X that his AI company, xAI, will open-source Grok, making its full code available for anyone to download and utilise. In contrast to OpenAI, which provides access to ChatGPT but keeps its underlying code proprietary, Musk’s decision reflects a commitment to transparency and accessibility.

Elon Musk hasn’t elaborated much on the business model for his new AI venture, xAI. Currently, the chatbot is available exclusively to Premium subscribers of X. By making the chatbot open-source, Musk seeks to address OpenAI’s original mission to make AI accessible to all.

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Unique features of Grok

Grok’s real-time knowledge of the world, powered by the 𝕏 platform, sets it apart from other AI systems. This real-time access enables Grok to provide up-to-date information and tackle even the spiciest of questions that many other AI systems might shy away from. As a beta product, Grok is continuously evolving. With each passing week and the invaluable feedback from users like you, Grok’s capabilities are poised to grow rapidly, making it an indispensable tool for seekers of knowledge.

The mission

At xAI, the mission is clear: to create AI tools that empower humanity’s pursuit of understanding and knowledge. Grok represents a significant step towards achieving this goal by:

  • Soliciting feedback to ensure AI tools benefit all of humanity, irrespective of background or political views.
  • Empowering research and innovation by serving as a powerful research assistant, aiding users in accessing information and generating new ideas.
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The journey to Grok-1

Grok’s engine, Grok-1, is a frontier Language Learning Model (LLM) developed over four months, undergoing many iterations to enhance its capabilities. Rigorous evaluations against standard machine learning benchmarks have showcased Grok-1’s exceptional performance, surpassing other models in its class.

Early access to Grok

A limited number of users in the United States have the opportunity to experience Grok first-hand, providing invaluable feedback to shape its future development. As xAI looks ahead, exciting capabilities and features are on the horizon, promising an even more enriching user experience. In summary, Grok by xAI is a game-changer in AI. Elon Musk’s decision to make it open-source shows his commitment to transparency. Grok’s unique features and continuous improvement make it invaluable for knowledge seekers. With robust technology and a focus on user feedback, Grok promises to revolutionise AI. Joining the Grok movement could mean being part of a new era of open, collaborative AI development for the greater good.

Grok-1.5 Vision Preview

In addition to its strong text capabilities, Grok can now process a wide variety of visual information, including documents, diagrams, charts, screenshots, and photographs. Grok-1.5V will be available soon to early testers and existing Grok users.


Grok-1.5V is competitive with existing frontier multimodal models in various domains, ranging from multi-disciplinary reasoning to understanding documents, science diagrams, charts, screenshots, and photographs. It outperforms its peers in the RealWorldQA benchmark, which measures real-world spatial understanding.

Sample Real-World QA

On Grok’s website there are a few examples that showcase Grok-1.5V’s ability to handle practical, real-world tasks by interpreting visual information and providing accurate answers based on its understanding. These capabilities are crucial for developing useful AI assistants that can help in everyday scenarios, making decisions and providing insights just like a human would.

In the example reported, the AI analyses an image taken from a front camera view in a car, showing a gray car ahead. The AI evaluates the available space around the car to decide if there is sufficient room to manoeuvre and drive past it.


This AI model is not just for entertainment. It can convert tables into CSV format or debug a piece of non-functional code. Additionally, if you need advice on home repairs, you can upload images of the problem area, and the model is equipped to assist with that as well, according to the company’s website.

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