Roundup – Musk’s planned “TruthGPT”; EU unveils €43bn chip plan to rival leaders
Musk unveils plans for new “TruthGPT” to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT
The Tesla and Twitter owner shows no signs of stopping as he announced on Monday he will launch a new AI platform to rival ChatGPT. What Musk has called “TruthGPT” comes as the American multi-billionaire scrutinized OpenAI saying it is “training the AI to lie”.
In an interview with Fox News, Musk said he will begin a “maximum truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe”. He said TruthGPT “might be the best path to safety” that would be “unlikely to annihilate humans”.
In preparation for the new bot, Musk has been snapping up AI researchers from Alphabet Inc’s Google and according to a state filing has, last month, registered a firm named X.AI Corp, incorporated in Nevada.
EU lawmakers urge US and EU Presidents to call top-level meeting over powerful AI
Three weeks after Elon Musk and 1,000 plus technology figures called for a six-month paused in the development of AI systems similar to ChatGPT, 12 MEPs drafting EU legislation on the tech said US president Joe Biden and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen need to call a top-level meeting over the tech.
The MEPs disagree with parts of the open letter formed by Musk and tech leaders but “are nevertheless in agreement with the letter’s core message: with the rapid evolution of powerful AI, we see the need for significant political action,” they said.
EU takes on chip leaders US and Asia with €43bn subsidy plan
The European Union has joined the chip industry race, agreeing on Tuesday a €43 billion (US $47bn) plan to catch up with the US and Asia and begin a green industrial revolution.
The EU Chips Act, proposed by the European Commission last year, aims to double the bloc’s share of global chip output to 20% by 2030 and follows the US Chips for America Act.
Europe will have to quadruple its production to meet this target and prove real competition to Asian companies, especially firms in China and Taiwan, who currently dominate the manufacture and export of semiconductors.
EU chief said the deal “will allow for a competitive chips industry and build the foundation for a global market share. It will power a clean tech industry made in Europe and strengthen our digital resilience and sovereignty”.
Apple CEO Tim Cook opens first store in India
India finally has its first physical Apple store as CEO Tim Cook headed to the country this week to mark the opening. The move comes as Apple continues to pivot to India, eyeing its potential as both a consumer market and manufacturing base.
Employees cheered and customers watched on as Cook welcomed people into the new outlet in Mumbai on Tuesday. He is expected to appear at a second store opening in Delhi on Thursday.
“India has such a beautiful culture and an incredible energy,” said Cook. “We’re excited to build on our long-standing history — supporting our customers, investing in local communities, and working together to build a better future.”
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