Elon Musk has recently approached AI researchers about establishing a new lab to create a substitute for OpenAI’s ChatGPT, according to people with direct knowledge of the project, as the Information on Monday reported.
Igor Babuschkin, a researcher who recently left Alphabet’s DeepMind AI division, has been sought after by Tesla and Twitter CEO Musk, according to the report.
The study comes after ChatGPT, an OpenAI text-based chatbot that can create prose, poetry, or even computer code when instructed, attracted much attention in Silicon Valley.
In 2015, Musk and Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman co-founded OpenAI as a nonprofit startup. Musk left the board of directors in 2018 but still offered his opinion on the chatbot, calling it “scary good.”
According to the report, which quoted Babuschkin in an interview, Musk, and Babuschkin have talked about putting together a team to conduct AI research. However, the project is still in its early stages and has no clear plan to develop any particular products.
According to the report, Babuschkin stated that she has not formally joined the Musk initiative.
Babuschkin and Musk could not be reached right away for comment.