The Most Embarrassing Blunders From Elon Musk’s Attempt at AI-Generated News – Gizmodo

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Elon Musk’s social media platform X started testing AI-generated news summaries powered by Grok in early April. The feature has a disclaimer that Grok “can make mistakes,” and it’s made quite a few of them.

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Grok’s AI news summaries have replaced X’s trending section for paying users. It works by creating headlines and one-paragraph explanations of breaking news, using the latest tweets on X. However, Grok seems to have a hard time understanding jokes, context, and misinformation.

One of Grok’s alleged selling points is its real-time access to information on X. That capability is on full display with these AI-generated news summaries, however, it seems to have a few bugs. Musk also claims Grok to be an “anti-woke” chatbot, allegedly free of bias like other AI chatbots.

Accuracy seems to be a larger issue than bias in this case. Here are the strangest mistakes Grok has made at interpreting the news so far.

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For clarity, experts were not baffled by the solar eclipse that occurred earlier in April. Grok seemed to get tripped up by all the jokes about the event.

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The small forward for the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson, rarely misses shots on the court. However, when he does, basketball fans might refer to it as a “brick.” Grok failed to understand the reference, and somehow got the NBA star tied up in a fake “brick-vandalism” spree after Thompson’s poor performance went viral.

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This was, yet another, joke that was deeply misunderstood.

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Once again, context is key, but Grok doesn’t really have context for jokes. When O.J. Simpson passed in April, Grok seemed to misunderstand jokes about O.J. Simpson’s death.

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This appears to be another viral joke about O.J.’s death that got turned into a news headline and summary by Grok.

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At least we know Grok is reading some quality content. However, someone should tell it The Onion is satire.

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At one point, Grok started producing some pretty dangerous misinformation about Iran striking Israel with heavy missiles. Grok got this info from accounts spreading misinformation in April.

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Ah yes. Quite a juicy story indeed.

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