Tesla CEO Elon Musk is making significant strides in the artificial intelligence sector with his venture xAI. The company is set to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology, aiming to raise an impressive $1 billion in funding.
xAI has already secured $134.7 million, as per recent filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, demonstrating a strong start towards achieving its billion-dollar fundraising goal. These filings reflect Musk’s dedication to amassing the sum, suggesting possible secured deals to reach this ambitious target.
Musk introduced “Grok,” a chatbot developed by xAI and trained on data from X (formerly known as Twitter), a company he acquired for $44 billion last year.
Since the emergence of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, there has been fierce competition in the AI field, involving major players like Microsoft, Google, Meta, and emerging startups. OpenAI itself has secured a remarkable $13 billion in commitments from Microsoft.
Meanwhile, xAI’s fundraising initiative comes amid internal changes at OpenAI, including CEO Sam Altman’s brief dismissal and subsequent return, causing delays in the company’s anticipated share sale. This sale, expected to value OpenAI between $80 and $90 billion, has reportedly been complicated by these internal issues.