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  • Mariane Bunn

Grok, the X’s chatbot, is now available to premium subscribers

There's an office on the background, in front there's a box with some newspapers around it. From the box it comes a robot, with a lamp on his head.

Social network X, under Elon Musk's direction, is expanding access to its xAI’s Grok chatbot, now making it available to Premium tier subscribers. This move comes after Musk's announcement last month about broadening the user base for the chatbot. Initially, Grok was only accessible to Premium+ subscribers, who pay $16 monthly or $168 annually. However, with the recent update, users on an $8 monthly subscription can also interact with Grok, although in selected regions.

Grok offers two modes of interaction: "Regular mode" and "Fun mode." Despite being a sophisticated Large Language Model (LLM), Grok, like its counterparts, may provide inaccurate responses, a limitation indicated by labels during interactions.

The chatbot has been integrated with a feature that summarizes trending news stories, a function also seen in products backed by Jeff Bezos and NVIDIA through Perplexity AI. However, Grok has raised eyebrows for generating a fake news headline, showcasing the potential risks associated with AI-generated content.

Musk's push for Grok's wider use seems aimed at competing with other AI products like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Gemini, and Anthropic’s Claude. Musk has been vocally critical of OpenAI, even initiating legal action against the company, accusing it of deviating from its non-profit origins. OpenAI has since sought to dismiss Musk's claims.

In a notable development, xAI made Grok open-source last month, though without revealing the training data details. This move has sparked discussions on the transparency of xAI's development processes and the version of Grok that was released, highlighting the ongoing debate on the openness and ethical development of AI technologies.

Source: TechCrunch


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