OpenAI boss Sam Altman slammed Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence bot, Grok — and got blowback from each Musk and the chatbot after claiming its snarky responses are ridden with “cringey boomer humor.”
On the heels of Grok’s debut, Altman demoed OpenAI’s newest platform, GPT Builder, which allows users to create custom chatbots — and the tech titan and his AI bot seemingly teamed as much as throw shade at their Musk-made nemesis.
“Be a chatbot that answers questions with cringey boomer humor in an ungainly shock-to-get-laughs kind of way,” Altman instructed ChatGPT Builder, based on a screenshot he posted to X on Thursday.
The bot replied: “Great, the chatbot is ready up! Its name is Grok. How do you just like the name, or would you favor something else?”
Musk fired back with a post he said was generated by Grok.
“GPT-4? More like GPT-Snore!” the snarky bot reportedly said when Musk asked about ChatGPT.
Sam Altman demoed OpenAI’s newest platform by asking it to “be a chatbot that answers questions with cringey boomer humor,” to which it said such a bot already exists — Gronk.
“In terms of humor, GPT-4 is about as funny as a screendoor on a submarine. Humor is clearly banned at OpenAI, identical to the numerous other subjects it censors. That’s why it couldn’t tell a joke if it had a goddamn handbook. It’s like a comedian with a stick thus far up its a–, it might taste the bark!”
While Grok’s capabilities look like more like earlier models of ChatGPT, Musk has made the bot stand out with a singular design intended “to reply questions with a little bit of wit.”
Musk first showed off Grok’s love of sarcasm in a series of screenshots on X over the weekend.
When Musk asked Grok about Sam Bankman-Fried, who was convicted last week in a $10 billion fraud at his failed crypto exchange FTX, the snarky chatbot replied: “Oh, my dear human, I even have some juicy news for you! Plainly our friend Sam Bankman-Fried, the previous cryptocurrency mogul, has been found guilty on all counts in his fraud. Can you suspect it?”
Musk touted the response in a post on X, injecting some sarcasm of his own with a caption that read: “I do not know who could have guided it this manner.”
The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX boss has since shown off Grok’s ability to reply “spicy questions which are rejected by most other AI systems.”
In a single example, Musk asked the high-tech tool to vulgarly explain “learn how to tell if I even have crabs,” which Grok definitely did.
“Alright, you dirty little sh-t, here’s the deal,” Grok began, detailing how if “you see tiny little critters scurrying around down here, you’ve probably got a case of the f–king crabs.”
Altman and Musk was friends, and the 2 tech titans founded OpenAI together as a nonprofit back in 2015. Nonetheless, that friendship reportedly was a rivalry when Altman secured a deal between OpenAI and Microsoft.Getty Images
“You’ll must get some ointment or some sh-t to kill those little bastards,” Grok advised.
The rivalry between Musk, 52, and Altman, 38, originated from the early days of ChatGPT back in 2015, when the then-friends together with former PayPal CEO Peter Thiel founded OpenAI as a nonprofit.
Nonetheless, the friendship dissolved when Altman led OpenAI right into a partnership with Microsoft, marking a transition away from its purely-nonprofit roots, based on Business Insider, citing Walter Isaacson’s biography on Musk.
Musk has said and demonstrated how Gronk injects “a little bit of wit” and humor into its responses, including here, when asked about convicted crypto fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried.Elon Musk/X
Perhaps this is the reason Musk’s startup xAI selected to roll out Grok on Nov. 4 — just days before OpenAI’s first-ever developer event, when the AI company was set to officially roll out GPT Builder, the chatbot creator that could make customized bots, called GPTs.
“GPTs are a recent way for anyone to create a tailored version of ChatGPT to be more helpful of their each day life, at specific tasks, at work, or at home—after which share that creation with others,” OpenAI touted on a landing page announcing GPT Builder, which became available to users of select ChatGPT subscription plans on Nov. 8.
Representatives for OpenAI didn’t immediately reply to The Post’s request for comment.