Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of SpaceX, Tesla, and Twitter (as of October 2022), has made news for his attempts to limit the development of artificial intelligence owing to fears about the influence AI would have on society. In spite of this, it would seem that Musk is proceeding with his own ideas for AI infrastructure. An article published by Business Insider claims that Elon Musk has acquired roughly 10,000 graphics processing units (GPUs) for the purpose of implementing an artificial intelligence project at Twitter.
As a result of the vast amount of compute power needed by the technology, it is common practice for large-scale AI models to make use of graphics processing units (GPUs). Prior to this, on March 18, 2018, Musk stated that the business will employ AI to “detect & highlight manipulation of public opinion” on Twitter. According to unnamed individuals acquainted with the firm, the procurement of such a large amount of graphics processing units (GPUs) demonstrates that Musk is devoted to this initiative. In addition, the sources disclosed that the project makes use of a substantial language model; nonetheless, the precise function of generative AI at Twitter is yet unknown.
Twitter has just just added two new engineers who both have substantial experience working in AI, in addition to the GPU purchase. After working at DeepMind, an artificial intelligence research unit of Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google, Igor Babuschkin and Manuel Kroiss joined Elon Musk’s team. These new advances come only a few short weeks after Elon Musk signed an open letter, along with hundreds of other experts working in the technology area, asking for a temporary pause to the development of artificial intelligence due to the threats it presents to mankind.
Musk has been quite open about his fears surrounding artificial intelligence, and he has in the past cautioned regulatory bodies that AI research needs to be controlled “before it’s too late.” It seems that he is adopting a proactive approach to the development of artificial intelligence technology, as shown by the fact that he has acquired AI expertise at Twitter and has also purchased GPUs. Although it has been claimed that the project is still in its early phases, Musk’s devotion to it suggests that he has no intention of slowing down in his attempts to enhance AI infrastructure.