Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, recently purchased around 10,000 graphics processing units (GPUs) for an undisclosed generative AI project within the company.
Despite Musk’s call for a six-month pause in the development of powerful AI models, this acquisition represents a significant commitment to deep-learning AI models within Twitter. The exact nature of the project remains unknown. However, it is reported to be a large language model (LLM) that could potentially improve Twitter search or create novel advertising methods.
The GPUs are estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars and will likely be housed in Twitter’s Atlanta data center. In addition, purchasing these GPUs could represent public posturing, as Musk is “committed” to AI development within the company.
Musk has previously approached AI researchers to form a new AI lab to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT, citing his dissatisfaction with the bias in OpenAI’s products. Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but left the company after an internal disagreement in 2018. However, Business Insider quotes a source familiar with the project, stating that Musk’s investment in GPUs shows he is serious about developing AI models within Twitter.
In late March, Musk was a signatory on an open letter that called for a six-month moratorium on developing AI models more potent than OpenAI’s GPT-4. Critics claimed that Musk wanted a “pause” so his companies could catch up with OpenAI.
While there is no announcement of whether Twitter’s AI model will be “more powerful” than GPT-4, these latest moves may undermine Musk’s calls for caution.
Musk’s recent acquisition of GPUs within Twitter could represent a significant commitment to deep-learning AI models. While the nature of the project remains unknown, it can potentially improve Twitter search or create novel advertising methods.
Despite Musk’s call for a pause on developing powerful AI models, these latest moves suggest he is serious about developing AI models within Twitter.