Twitter/X’s AI chatbot Grok is rolling out to Premium+ subscribers – LSB

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Twitter/X has officially launched Grok. The new AI chatbot will roll out to Premium+ subscribers in the US next week, arriving first to people who have been paying for Twitter the longest.

“The longer you’re a subscriber, the sooner you can grok,” Twitter/X said in a post announcing the rollout. “don’t forget your towel!”

The first AI product from Elon Musk’s company xAI, Grok takes its name from the 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. In it, the term “grok” is a Martian word meaning “to drink” as well as “to understand” or “to understand.”

The Twitter/X towel reference is a nod to Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy franchise in which towels feature as an important tool for travelers exploring the universe. xAI’s website says it aims to “understand the universe,” while Musk has previously referred to Adams as his “hero”.

How to get Grok, Twitter/X’s AI chatbot

To get Grok, you will first need to pay real money to be an X Premium+ subscriber. Once you’ve signed up, you can tell if you’ve been granted access to Grok by checking the Twitter/X side menu in your mobile app or web browser. If you have it, it should appear in the menu next to its logo: a square with a rising diagonal slash through it.

If Grok doesn’t show up on a mobile device, make sure your Twitter/X app is up to date. iOS and Android users who have the chatbot will also be able to add it to their bottom menu, offering them quick access to Twitter/X’s new AI.

It’s unclear exactly how useful Grok will be, as most current users seem more interested in it artificially sinister “how are you fellow children” tone than how accurate his answers are. Reviewed by a Tesla employee earlier this week was not so reassuring, providing information that was both false and vague to the point of unhelpfulness. This was a particularly poor performance compared to the results of competitors such as ChatGPT and Google Bardalthough you probably shouldn’t be getting your news from AI chatbots at all.

Still, if you’re a Musk fan craving someone to talk to without an actual human friend, Grok’s Black mirror-esque Elon Too might draw you in for a bit.

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