Elon Musk’s Grok Is The Most Willing AI Ready To Go On Space Missions

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As 2023 is about to end, Elon Musk’s Grook artificial intelligence-based chatbot Grok is willing to go to Mars as an AI assistant for SpaceX’s Starship rocket. Starship has been the centerpiece of news coverage lately after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) cleared its launch pad systems. Grok is available to verified X users only as of now, and some of its output shared by users on the social media platform has managed to stand out from responses made by OpenAI and Microsoft’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard.

For SpaceX’s future Starship missions to Mars, the AI responded to a user’s query that it would be a good companion for Mars missions and not turn evil like in some science fiction stories.

X’s Grok AI Is Willing To Become First Interplanetary AI Chatbot Assistant

Crewed missions to Mars, compared to those to the Moon, will be the longest journey humans will undertake since astronauts will have to spend at least a year inside their spacecraft. Right now, the longest record for the time spent in space belongs to astronauts orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS). For these astronauts, communicating with teams on Earth is easier and their missions carry less risk since supplies can reach them within hours, depending on the rocket.

However, missions to Mars will require highly durable spaceships, adequate supplies and modern computing systems to maintain a habitable environment capable of generating power and propulsion. An AI, or a system capable of managing any ship’s computers, would naturally help the crew, and based on its replies, xAI’s new AI chatbot, Grok, is willing to perform this role.

When asked whether it would be willing to be Starship’s AI assistant on a Mars mission, the X chatbot was quite enthusiastic as it framed a year-long journey as an opportunity to learn more about humanity. AI software, particularly ones like Grok, consumes vast amounts of data to generate human-like responses, and the more data they train on, the better their responses become.

Grok’s response was particularly notable due to its tone. When Wccftech asked a similar question to Open AI’s ChatGPT, its response was more mathematical as it simply shared that it could not predict whether AI would become capable enough of interplanetary flight. Google’s Bard was more optimistic than ChatGPT and even more practical than Grok. While agreeing that it remained “to be seen” whether it would make it to a space mission, Bard shared that some of the ways in which it could help Martian travelers were by scheduling their activities, solving potential problems, helping multilingual astronauts communicate and even navigating Starship.

Grok was even more entertaining when asked if it could ensure not turning malevolent during a Mars mission. The AI maintained its humorous response in its second reply too, while ChatGPT was simpler as it simply stressed the need to make ethical AI systems. Other responses from Bard were more assuring, as the AI maintained that it is only designed to be helpful and creative.

Like Grok, Bard also explicitly promised not to become an evil AI computer, adding that it was “committed” to using its abilities for good. When it comes to math, though, research from a Ph.D. student shows that Grok came in second place to the much better trained ChatGPT.

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