In a move to expand his footprint in the AI industry, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is reportedly creating a startup to rival one of his own previous ventures, OpenAI. According to the Financial Times, Musk is putting together a team of AI researchers and engineers to develop a new AI company that will compete with OpenAI. While Musk resigned from the board of OpenAI in 2018, the launch of his new AI startup will put him in direct competition with other tech giants like Google and Microsoft.
The report also suggests that Musk is in talks with investors, including existing supporters of SpaceX and Tesla, for investment in the new AI venture. According to a source, “a bunch of people are investing in it, it’s real and they are excited about it.”
This revelation follows a recent report stating that Musk procured almost 10,000 graphics processing units to power Twitter’s AI initiatives. On March 9, Musk also incorporated a company named X.AI, which he listed as the sole director. He changed the name of Twitter to “X Corp” in company filings as part of his plans to create an “everything app” under the “X” brand.
Interestingly, despite Musk’s involvement in AI development, he and over 2,600 other tech leaders and researchers signed an open letter on March 30 calling for a temporary halt on further AI development due to “profound risks to society and humanity.”
In the broader context of AI competition, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has also recently launched its Amazon Bedrock initiative. This will allow AWS users to build generative AI from foundation models.
Overall, Musk’s new AI venture will undoubtedly be one to watch in the coming months. As one of the most well-known and influential tech entrepreneurs of our time, his latest AI startup will undoubtedly capture the attention of the industry and the wider public.
On April 7, users of Twitter were left feeling upset when they discovered that they were unable to engage with tweets that included links to sites hosted on Substack. When trying to like, retweet, or comment to postings that included Substack links, several users reported getting an error message stating that “some actions on this tweet have been disabled by Twitter.” It was noted by several users that the user interface seemed to record their likes or retweets; but, upon closer examination, it did not appear to be counting or showing the interactions.
At this time, it is not possible to tell if the problem is a defect or a feature that was intended to be there. Since April 6, it seems that Twitter has disabled the ability for users of Substack to embed tweets in their posts, which may be connected to the problem. The Substack representative who was asked about the issue did not specify whether they felt the problem was caused by a change in the Twitter API or a bug.
The issue started happening not long after Substack introduced “Notes,” an application for publishing similar to Twitter that some people feel is intended to compete with the bird app. Substack is often seen as a venue in which bloggers of an advanced level may discuss their ideas with groups of users that have similar interests. Substack has been used to a very significant degree, particularly within the crypto community.
This problem arises as a result of multiple recent, unexplained modifications made to Twitter. The site displayed a picture of Doge in lieu of Twitter’s bird emblem for a number of days, while the nonprofit media group National Public Radio (NPR) was labeled as “state media.” A great number of users are now perplexed and doubting Twitter’s motivations as a result of these developments.
Regarding Substack, it is not apparent what Twitter’s goals or objectives are at this time. It’s possible that an effort was made to suppress competition by making it impossible for Twitter users to engage with tweets that include links to Substack, but it might also just be a glitch that needs to be fixed. In any event, users will be keeping a careful watch on both platforms for any more advancements that may occur.
On April 7, Twitter users on both mobile and web platforms discovered that they were unable to interact with tweets containing links to Substack pages. Many users attempting to like, retweet or reply to posts containing Substack links received an error message indicating that “some actions on this tweet have been disabled by Twitter.” In some cases, users reported that while the interface seemed to register their likes or retweets, these interactions were not being counted or displayed.
At present, it is unclear whether the issue is a bug or an intended feature. However, it is worth noting that on April 6, Twitter appeared to have cut off the ability for Substack users to embed tweets in their posts. According to The Verge, a spokesperson for Substack did not clarify whether they believed the issue involved a change to the Twitter API or a bug. Nonetheless, the inability of Twitter users to interact with tweets containing Substack links seems to have begun around the same time, indicating a likely connection between the two problems.
This development comes in the wake of several recent, mysterious changes to Twitter. For example, the platform recently featured a Doge image in place of Twitter’s bird logo for several days, causing confusion among users. Additionally, the nonprofit media organization National Public Radio (NPR) received a “state media” label, which many people found questionable.
It is also worth noting that Substack announced the launch of “Notes” on April 5, which is a Twitter-like posting application that allows users to share short thoughts and updates. This application can be seen as a potential competitor to Twitter, particularly as Substack is often regarded as a place for expert-level bloggers to share their thoughts with like-minded communities. The crypto community, in particular, has taken advantage of Substack to a relatively large degree.
Given all of these developments, it remains to be seen whether Twitter’s disabling of interactions with Substack links is a temporary bug or a deliberate move to counter competition from Substack. Either way, this issue is likely to be of concern to users who rely on both platforms for networking and community building. As of this writing, there has been no official statement from Twitter or Substack regarding the matter, and it is unclear when a resolution might be forthcoming.
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