Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and, since October 2022, Twitter, recently made headlines by spearheading a letter to stop the development of artificial intelligence (AI) due to societal concerns. Despite this, the tech mogul seems to be moving forward with his own plans to develop AI infrastructures.
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A Business Insider story reveals that Musk appears to be moving forward with his plans for an AI project on Twitter. According to two anonymous sources familiar with the company, the CEO of Twitter recently purchased close to 10,000 graphics processing units (GPUs) for use on the platform.
GPUs typically work on large-scale AI models due to the enormous computational power required by this technology. This follows a tweet from Musk on March 18, in which he claimed that the company would use AI to “detect and expose the manipulation of public opinion” on Twitter.
According to anonymous sources, the project is in its early stages, but the purchase of such a large number of GPUs shows that Musk is “committed” to it. One of the sources claimed that the project works with a large language model. However, the sources also said that the ultimate role of generative AI in Twitter is unclear.
Additionally, Twitter recently acquired new talent with extensive experience in the field of AI. In March, engineers Igor Babuschkin and Manuel Kroiss joined Musk’s team after working with DeepMind, an AI research arm of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
These developments come just weeks after Musk signed an open letter, along with thousands of other researchers in the tech space, to temporarily halt AI development due to the risk it may pose to humanity. Musk is also on record in 2017 giving a warning to regulators at an event with the National Governors Association that AI research needs to be regulated “before it’s too late.”