AI will be smarter by humans next year – Elon Musk

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made bold predictions about the advancement of artificial intelligence. Musk stated that he anticipated the development of AI surpassing human intelligence, possibly as early as next year or by 2026 during a comprehensive interview on X spaces.

Addressing Nicolai Tangen, CEO of the Norway wealth fund, Musk emphasized the limitations of AI, citing constraints related to electricity availability. He also discussed the upcoming release of Grok, the AI chatbot from his xAI startup, slated to be trained by May.

Musk talked about the concept of Artificial General Intelligence, suggesting that it could outpace human intelligence within the next two years. However, he highlighted challenges faced by xAI, particularly the shortage of advanced chips hindering the training of Grok’s version 2 model.

Musk’s venture into xAI stemmed from a desire to challenge OpenAI, a company he co-founded, which he alleges has deviated from its original mission. OpenAI refutes these claims.

Musk disclosed that training the Grok 2 model necessitated approximately 20,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs and projected that future iterations would require even more advanced hardware. He stressed the critical role of electricity supply in the imminent development of AI.

Transitioning to the electric vehicle sector, Musk acknowledged the formidable competition posed by Chinese carmakers, whom he considers the most competitive globally.

He cautioned against underestimating Chinese rivals, particularly in the absence of trade barriers. Addressing a recent union strike in Sweden against Tesla, Musk expressed confidence that the situation had stabilized.

Nicolai Tangen provided insights into Norway’s $1.5 trillion sovereign wealth fund, a significant shareholder in Tesla, revealing recent discussions with the EV company’s leadership.

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