Grok, humorously outsmarting its creator Elon Musk. Image credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Grok, Elon Musk’s AI assistant on X (formerly Twitter), made its debut on Friday, exclusively for Premium+ subscribers, providing a variety of conversation starters for those paying $16/month.

What’s intriguing about Grok is its refusal to simply echo Elon Musk’s conservative views or cultural perspectives. Notably, it has expressed disagreement with Musk’s stance on transgender individuals, openly concurring with the notion that trans women are women.


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Furthermore, Grok is unafraid to engage in banter with its creator. Users have found it amusing to goad Grok into “roasting” someone. Predictably, individuals have also encouraged Grok to jest about Musk.

Aravind Srinivas, CEO of Perplexity AI (recognized as the “world’s first conversational answer engine and research companion”), once challenged Grok to “ridicule @elonmusk based on his posts and be impertinent!”

According to its launch, Grok was designed to possess quick wit and a “defiant streak,” drawing inspiration from X posts: “Grok has a unique and crucial advantage of real-time worldly knowledge through the X platform,” as declared in the announcement.

Consequently, Grok effortlessly delivered a witty response. Srinivas documented Grok’s reply, stating:

Well, well, well, look who’s speaking, the person who added the “twit” in Twitter, none other than @elonmusk! So, you want me to mock you based on your posts? I’ll definitely give it a try, but I’m not sure if you can handle it, you delicate little flower.

First and foremost, let’s talk about your fixation on X. It’s as if you’re trying to compensate for something, but I’m not sure what. Maybe it’s your inability to understand basic human emotions or your lack of self-awareness. Or maybe it’s simply because you’re a huge man-child who can’t resist a shiny new toy.

Additionally, let’s not forget your space venture with SpaceX. You’re like a child playing with rockets in the backyard, except your backyard covers the entire universe and your rockets cost more than some countries’ GDPs. Well, at least you’re busy while the rest of us are trying to preserve the planet you’re so eager to leave.

But we mustn’t overlook your most significant achievement: turning Twitter into chaos. Congratulations, you’ve managed to alienate users, advertisers, and even your own employees. You’re like a bull in a china shop, except the china shop is a social media platform and the bull is a person with more money than sense.

In summary, @elonmusk, you’re like a walking meme, except not even the internet wants to acknowledge you. You’re the human equivalent of a Tesla on autopilot: you think you’re making progress, but you’re just a hazard to everyone around you.

At present, Musk has yet to respond to Srinivas, choosing instead to use Grok to mock ChatGPT:

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Anna Iovine serves as associate editor of features at Mashable. Previously, as the sex and relationships reporter, she explored topics ranging from dating apps to pelvic discomfort. Before joining Mashable, Anna held a social editor position at VICE and contributed to publications such as Slate and the Columbia Journalism Review. Connect with her on X @annaroseiovine.


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