The initial release initiates a beta period, to which a limited group of users will have access.
Musk has not disclosed the selection procedure, thus it is unclear if access will be allocated at random or to a restricted group of people. It's anyone's guess as to who the possible "VIPs" are.
Tomorrow, @xAI will release its first AI to a select group.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 3, 2023
In some important respects, it is the best that currently exists.
Musk has high hopes for his AI, brashly declaring that it's "the best that currently exists" in a few key areas.
It is important to remember that OpenAI, Google, Meta, and other big businesses will be fierce competitors for Musk's AI business. We'll be paying great attention to the details that determine what makes it "the best".
Musk's AI project was always going to be ambitious, with the stated objective being "to understand the true nature of the universe." Compared to common AI uses like chatbots or recipe recommendations, this is a far cry.
Recent issues that Musk has had to deal with include dwindling Tesla sales and social media disputes. It remains to be seen if he can use this AI endeavour to reveal the true essence of reality.
The announcement's timing seems deliberate. At the first-ever UK AI Safety Summit, where Elon Musk recently addressed, the US and the UK pledged investments in AI safety measures.
Furthermore, Musk's statement may be an attempt to outdo the competition as OpenAI is set to host its inaugural DevDay on November 6. Notably, prior to their split in 2015, Musk and Sam Altman were among the first board members of OpenAI.
Either way, the IT community is excitedly awaiting the release of this AI model; in just a few hours, we could witness the demonstration of what could be a significant advancement in our knowledge of the cosmos. For the AI community, this is an exciting moment.