If you are a fan of artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots, you might have heard of Grok, the latest generative AI chatbot developed by xAI, the AI division of X (formerly Twitter). Grok is based on Grok-1, X’s proprietary large language model (LLM) that was developed over the last four months. Grok is intended to answer almost anything and, more challenging, even suggest what questions to ask.

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Grok was launched in July 2023 by X’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, in response to Big Tech’s AI efforts, which he has criticized for excessive censorship and a lack of adequate safety measures. It features several differences compared to the most popular chatbots, such as Google Bard and ChatGPT. One of the most striking differences is that it answers users’ queries with wit and humor, possessing a “rebellious streak,” as per Musk. It’s also claimed that it will tackle “spicy questions” that other models tend to avoid. Moreover, it can also go through X and access real-time knowledge on the platform to respond accordingly.

It is currently in an early beta stage and is not yet a final product. However, xAI has announced that Grok is expanding its availability to India and 46 other nations, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, and more. This means that Indian users can now chat with it and experience its generative AI capabilities.

However, there is a catch. It is only available for X Premium+ subscribers, who pay Rs 1,300 monthly or Rs 13,600 annually, similar to users in other parts of the world. This is because it is a resource-intensive chatbot that requires a lot of computing power and data to run. xAI says that the AI chatbot is based on a 1.5 trillion parameter model, which is 50% larger than Google PaLM, the current state-of-the-art LLM. xAI also says that Grok is trained on a massive corpus of text data, including books, articles, tweets, and more.

If you are a X Premium+ subscriber, you can access it as an in-app feature, with those on cheaper plans having to wait for a future update. To chat with it, you need to sign in with X and join xAI’s early access program. You can then ask Grok anything you want, from factual questions to personal opinions, and Grok will try to answer them in a conversational manner. You can also ask it to generate content for you, such as poems, stories, code, essays, songs, celebrity parodies, and more. Grok will also give you feedback on your queries and suggest what questions to ask next.

It is a fascinating chatbot that showcases the potential of generative AI. It is also a bold move by xAI to challenge the dominance of Big Tech in the AI space. However, it is not without its limitations and risks. Grok is still a work in progress and may not always give accurate or appropriate answers. It may also generate content that is offensive, biased, or plagiarized. It may also pose ethical and social challenges, such as privacy, accountability, and trust. Therefore, users should exercise caution and discretion when chatting with Grok and not take its answers as facts or advice.

It is a chatbot that promises to be fun, informative, and creative. It is also a chatbot that invites curiosity, exploration, and learning. If you are interested in Grok and want to chat with it, you can sign up for X Premium+ and join xAI’s early access program. You can also follow xAI and Elon Musk on X for the latest updates on it and other AI projects. Happy chatting!

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