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Engineers from Tesla are Allegedly Leaving to Join Elon Musk’s AI Startup


Apr 4, 2024

Elon Musk’s xAI recently launched a chatbot named Grok to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Tesla engineers have reportedly been leaving the electric car company to join Musk’s AI startup, xAI. Since xAI was officially launched last summer, three former Tesla engineers have made the move to join the AI company.

One of the engineers who made the move is Ethan Knight, a machine-learning scientist who was previously working on computer vision for Tesla’s self-driving technology. Musk initially accused OpenAI of aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers with high compensation offers, which led to him raising salaries for members of Tesla’s AI engineering team in response.

While the tech industry is facing competition for AI talent, Musk has been vocal about wanting greater control over Tesla’s AI strategy. In a post on X in January, Musk expressed discomfort with expanding Tesla’s AI and robotics capabilities without controlling a quarter of the voting bloc. These comments were seen as an ultimatum by some investors, with some describing them as bizarre and amounting to blackmail.

Overall, Musk’s efforts to gain more control over Tesla’s AI strategy have raised eyebrows and sparked debate within the industry.

By editor

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