Mark Cuban says Elon Musk's AI company could create a 'virtual Elon' and calls it 'pretty scary'
Mark Cuban says Elon Musk's Twitter purchase could give him a leg up in the AI arms race.
The "Shark Tank" investor said Musk could even use it to create a "virtual Elon."
Cuban also warned that AI could make "dangerous people smart."
Mark Cuban thinks Elon Musk's Twitter purchase could help his AI venture compete with OpenAI and other companies.
Earlier this year, Musk announced that he will launch a rival startup to OpenAI's ChatGPT — a new venture he playfully dubbed TruthGPT. Musk later incorporated X AI. Insider's Kali Hays was the first to report on Musk's plans.
Cuban said on Twitter Thursday that he believes the AI arms race will revolve around which companies own the largest shares of data.
"He gets to take the entire @twitter firehose to train or feed any open source model and have a competitor to the big 3," the "Shark Tank" star said of Musk. Cuban added that he thinks it could be "pretty cool" but also "pretty scary."
"He can weigh his own tweets and those of the sources he likes and end up with a consumer-facing AI that can be a virtual Elon," Cuban wrote.
In an emailed comment to Insider, Cuban said it will be "interesting to see what Elon does with it all."
"Anyone can create a virtual version of themselves if they download the open source LLMs and feed their own personal data," he told Insider. "Twitter has the unique differentiation of all their tweets. That's a powerful utility."
In an earlier post on Thursday, Cuban said that he believes that large language models need to "evolve" into "knowledge models."
"To get there, they will need access to significant IP and data, the most important of which will not be free," he said, adding that he's curious which of the three big AI companies — Meta, Google, and Microsoft/OpenAI — will be willing to shell out the most money for it.
Like many tech entrepreneurs, Cuban appears to be wary of AI. He wrote in a separate Twitter post on the issue that the technology "makes dangerous people smart" and, "There will be unintended consequences."
Musk did not respond to a request for comment from Insider ahead of publication. Though, Musk — who cofounded it and initially invested in OpenAI — has spoken out against the company in recent months.
The Twitter owner also cut off OpenAI's access to Twitter data earlier this year which the AI company was licensing to build ChatGPT, per The New York Times.
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