xAI (company)

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X.AI Corp.
IndustryArtificial intelligence
FoundedMarch 9, 2023; 6 months ago (2023-03-09)[a]
FounderElon Musk
San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.

X.AI Corp.,[1] doing business as xAI, is an American startup company working in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). It was founded on March 9, 2023 in Nevada[1] by Elon Musk.[2][3] According to the company’s website as of July 2023, "The goal of xAI is to understand the true nature of the universe."[4]


In 2015, Musk joined the inaugural board of directors at non-profit AI research company OpenAI.[5] He stepped down in 2018 after an unsuccessful bid to take over its management after a disagreement over AI safety.[5]

In April 2023, the Financial Times reported that Musk was planning to launch an AI startup.[6] He had secured thousands of Nvidia GPU processors for a potential new large language model.[6]

Musk officially announced the formation of xAI on July 12, 2023.[7] The date (7 + 12 + 23 = 42) was chosen as a reference to the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams[8] ("the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is 42") and to the company's mission "to understand the universe".[9][4] The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.[10] One of xAI’s goals is to create an AI that is capable of advanced mathematical reasoning, something not found in current models.[11]

On July 14, Musk said in a Twitter Space that xAI would provide a service called "TruthGPT" which would act as an alternative to OpenAI's ChatGPT.[12][13][14][15] Musk also asserted that xAI would be more trustworthy than Google.[16]


  1. ^ The company was incorporated on this date. It was not officially announced until July 12, 2023.


  1. ^ a b "X.AI Corp". OpenCorporates. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  2. ^ "Elon Musk launches xAI in challenge to dominance of ChatGPT owner". The Financial Times. July 12, 2023. Archived from the original on July 12, 2023. Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  3. ^ Bhattacharya, Suryathapa (July 12, 2023). "Elon Musk Launches xAI, His New Artificial-Intelligence Company". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on July 12, 2023. Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "xAI: Understand the Universe". x.ai. Archived from the original on August 3, 2023. Retrieved August 3, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Stokel-Walker, Chris (July 13, 2023). "What is xAI, Elon Musk's new AI company, and will it succeed?". New Scientist.
  6. ^ a b Waters, Richard; Bradshaw, Tim; Murgia, Madhumita; Kinder, Tabby (April 14, 2023). "Elon Musk plans artificial intelligence start-up to rival OpenAI". Financial Times. Archived from the original on April 16, 2023. Retrieved July 12, 2023.(subscription required)
  7. ^ Vynck, Gerrit De (July 15, 2023). "Musk's new AI company, xAI, will aim to solve scientific mysteries". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  8. ^ Gairola, Ananya. "How Elon Musk's xAI Launch Date Pays Tribute To Douglas Adam's 'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'". Benzinga. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  9. ^ Musk, Elon [@elonmusk] (July 12, 2023). "And what are the most fundamental unknown questions?" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 6, 2023. Retrieved September 1, 2023 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Anirban Ghoshal (July 13, 2023). "Elon Musk launches xAI to take on ChatGPT-maker OpenAI". Computer World. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  11. ^ Schreckinger, Ben (July 17, 2023). "Elon Musk's liberal-trolling AI plan has a core audience". Politico.
  12. ^ "UPDATE 2-Elon Musk says xAI will examine universe, work with Twitter and Tesla". Yahoo Finance. July 14, 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  13. ^ "Elon Musk Announces New Company xAI as He Seeks to Build ChatGPT Alternative". Bloomberg.com. July 12, 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  14. ^ "Elon Musk says he wants to create his own "safer" version of ChatGPT called TruthGPT - CBS News". www.cbsnews.com. April 18, 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  15. ^ Roth, Emma (April 18, 2023). "Elon Musk claims to be working on 'TruthGPT' — a 'maximum truth-seeking AI'". The Verge. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  16. ^ Nolan, Beatrice (July 17, 2023). "Elon Musk says his AI company is more trustworthy than OpenAI, Google". Business Insider. Retrieved September 9, 2023.

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