Grok, an AI bot similar to Open AIs ChatGPT, was launched by xAI, Elon Musk’s AI startup on X (previously known as Twitter).
At its core, Grok relies on a generative model named Grok-1. This model was trained using data from the web (up to Q3 2023) and insights gathered from human assistants. Distinguishing itself from other chatbots, Grok can integrate real-time information from X’s posts into its responses, potentially providing the latest updates when answering questions.
Grok operates conversationally, leveraging a knowledge base akin to ChatGPT and Google Bard. It resides in the X side menu across web, iOS, and Android platforms and can be easily accessed by adding it to the bottom menu on X’s mobile apps for faster use.
Elon Musk has said that Grok possesses a witty and rebellious nature, being more open to addressing controversial questions compared to other AI systems. When asked to be less formal, Grok used explicit language, which is a stark diversion from the politically correct responses of Bard or ChatGPT.
Embracing its edgy persona, X introduced a roast feature on Grok’s home screen, where Grok humorously critiqued a user based on their recent X post history. As per the latest reactions by users, Grok’s responses are more nuanced than any other existing chatbots.
Grok is initially available to U.S. users subscribed to X Premium Plus. The plan costs $16 per month for an ad-free social network experience. Priority access is granted to longstanding subscribers.