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May 8, 2024
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Apr 1, 2024

xAI Plans to Launch Grok 1.5 This Week

An updated version of the Grok chatbot, developed by industry leader xAI, is expected to be released this week. The bot will supposedly have better reasoning abilities, especially when it comes to math-related activities, more extensive contextual logic, and overall better performance. The goal of this new version, Grok 1.5, is to make the robot as good as or better than other chatbots on the market in a number of ways.

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According to xAI, one of the most notable improvements in Grok 1.5 is its performance in coding and math-related tasks. The chatbot achieved a 50.6% score on the MATH benchmark and a 90% score on the GSM8K benchmark, both of which cover a wide range of grade school to high school competition problems. Additionally, it scored 74.1% on the HumanEval benchmark, which evaluates code generation and problem-solving abilities. These enhancements should enable Grok to provide better and faster responses across various tasks.

Grok was initially released in November as xAI's answer to OpenAI's ChatGPT. Users can pose questions to the bot and receive generated answers. The chatbot also features a "Fun Mode" for more sassy responses, a characteristic that xAI believes sets it apart from other chatbots. Furthermore, Grok is not "woke," according to Elon Musk, and is the only chatbot powered by real-time posts on X, potentially giving it an advantage in providing up-to-the-minute context.

However, there are questions about Grok's overall effectiveness, as its access has been limited to X Premium+ subscribers, a relatively small user base. XAI plans to make Grok available to all Premium subscribers and is gifting Premium to highly followed users to increase usage. This move could potentially kickstart the Grok hype train and bring more users to the chatbot. However, increased usage may also highlight more errors and issues, exposing potential flaws in the Grok system.

The expansion of Grok's user base is likely to lead to more scrutiny and challenges, similar to those experienced by other chatbots like ChatGPT, Gemini, and Meta's Llama-powered models. Asmore people gain access to Grok, it will be interesting to see how xAI and X handle any concerns that arise with the tool.

In addition to improving the chatbot, xAI is also focused on monetizing Grok. The company has reportedly spent tens of millions of dollars buying hardware for the project, aiming to challenge OpenAI in the AI race. Elon Musk's motivation behind this effort is partly due to his dissatisfaction with OpenAI's decision to reject his offer to become their CEO and their subsequent transition to a for-profit organization without compensating him for his initial investment. As Grok 1.5 is set to launch, it remains to be seen whether these new expansions will attract more users and generate revenue for xAI. The success of Grok in the competitive AI market will depend on its ability to provide valuable and accurate responses to a wide range of queries while also addressing any challenges that arise as its user base grows.

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