Elon Musk has founded a new artificial intelligence company xAI, whose team of 12 aims to “understand the true nature of the universe,” according to an announcement posted on the company’s website.

xAI is not part of x Corp, which acquired Twitter, but works closely with Musk’s other companies, including Twitter and Tesla, which uses artificial intelligence for its self-driving cars, according to the company’s website.

The new company is a continuation of Musk’s long-term interest in artificial intelligence and his return to the field after funding OpenAI in 2018. Musk was a major funder in the startup of the company that created ChatGPT.

Musk reportedly abandoned OpenAI after he proposed taking over its management, worried that it had lost ground to Google in the development of AI technology. Co-founder Sam Altman then rejected the proposal. Since then, Musk has made bitter remarks against OpenAI on Twitter, including criticizing the shift in its funding as it went from a nonprofit to a $30 billion company.

Source: New Scientist