If you’ve been typing “ai.com” and landing on ChatGPT, get ready for a surprise. Elon Musk has decided to change the game, turning that familiar domain into the gateway to his upcoming AI venture, xAI.
The story goes back to February when OpenAI, led by Sam Altman, acquired AI.com with the goal of making AI synonymous with ChatGPT. However, things have taken a twist. As one of OpenAI’s co-founders, Musk has decided to make xAI the center of the AI universe, purchasing the AI.com domain from OpenAI.
The mission of xAI is nothing short of ambitious: “understanding reality.” Musk aims to build a powerful alternative to OpenAI’s chatbot, and his AI company is fully committed to making this a reality.
Interestingly, ChatGPT has experienced a dip in its user base since June, partly due to the emergence of API access and a general waning interest in the chatbot. This could imply that buying AI.com hasn’t significantly boosted traffic for OpenAI.
Meanwhile, OpenAI has been working to trademark the term “GPT” since March. However, with no developments in that direction, the company has set its sights on “GPT-5,” hinting at a new LLM-based model or product in the works.
It’s worth noting that back in early 2018, Musk expressed concerns about OpenAI falling behind Google in the AI race. His solution? Take control of OpenAI and run it himself.
Now, not long ago, Musk made headlines by renaming Twitter to simply “X” and redirecting X.com to the social media platform. It seems he’s on a mission to own all things “X” and AI-related.
However, it’s equally important for him to focus on developing and releasing a public offering that can compete with the immense hype created by OpenAI’s technology.