Elon Musk Announces Grok-1.5: Next Leap to Outsmart OpenAI

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Key Takeaways

  • xAI announces Grok-1.5, a chatbot with improved coding and math abilities, for early release on X.
  • Grok-1.5 excels in benchmarks, showing enhanced problem-solving capabilities.
  • Musk champions Grok-1.5's open-source move, escalating his rivalry with OpenAI.

Elon Musk’s AI company, xAI, is set to release an improved version of its chatbot, Grok.

The new iteration, Grok-1.5, will be released to early testers and existing Grok users on the social media platform X in the coming days.

The launch intensifies the global race for generative AI development, fueled by the growing popularity of chatbots.

According to an X post, Grok-1.5 boasts significant improvements in coding and math tasks. Internal testing by xAI shows Grok-1.5 scoring an impressive 90% on the GSM8K benchmark, 74.1% on the HumanEval benchmark, and 50.6% on the MATH benchmark. It covers problem-solving skills from elementary to high school levels.

Grok vs. OpenAI

Musk founded xAI last year to create a “maximum truth-seeking AI” alternative to offerings from Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Google’s AI projects. In December, xAI offered Grok to Premium+ subscribers on X.

Earlier this month,Elon Musk decided to make Grok open-source. The decision was likely fueled by his ongoing feud with OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman.

This move came just days after Musk sued OpenAI for allegedly prioritizing profits over its original mission. Nudging Grok-1.5 toward open-source is another step in this simmering tech rivalry.

While the initial evaluation result shows a glimmer of Grok-1.5’s potential capabilities, it will be fascinating to see how they will soon translate directly to real-world use.