Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence already has its API

Elon Musk shaking hands with a robot

Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence, Grok, now has its own API.

Just introduced last week, the smart chatbot intended to compete with ChatGPT is now equipped with an interface for communicating with third-party applications.

The news was shared on X (formerly Twitter) by one of the lead heads of the xAI lab, the entity dedicated to artificial intelligence in the billionaire’s sphere.

Access to Grok’s API, currently in beta version, is limited to a select number of partner accounts but is expected to extend to more developers over time.

Preview of the Grok API in its dedicated IDE

For those who have access to Grok (also limited in number), it is already possible to interact with the model using the IDE provided.

Grok is developed based on the humorous science-fiction work “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Equipped with sharp and sarcastic humor, it is capable of answering sensitive questions, unlike other AI systems that are smoother and more reserved.

Despite its relatively recent development (the project started mid-year), xAI’s teams claim that their AI outperforms systems based on GPT-3.5. However, it has not yet managed to compete with OpenAI’s latest model, GPT-4.

Among the other arguments put forward by Musk for his intelligent assistant is the real-time consideration of data from the X social network, offering a more current perspective on topics.

It’s not surprising to see the rapid progress of this new project: Elon Musk has always been known for iterating quickly (and often as he pleases) on his products. In a field as competitive and evolving as AI, this is probably the only way to catch up with the already well-established models in the market.

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