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Grok is an AI tool that can be accessed on X (formerly known as Twitter). ChatGPT is a chatbot from OpenAI that can complete a number of tasks such as generating texts, images and code. 

For the time being, it is better to stick to ChatGPT and it is not worth getting Grok.

Grok’s open-source announcement

Grok/Elon Musk/X announced that they would open-source the technology behind Grok. If you are a developer you can find the code on GitHub here.

Here are some further details about the model from

  • The Base model has been trained on a large amount of text data, not fine-tuned for any particular task.
  • 314B parameter Mixture-of-Experts model with 25% of the weights active on a given token.
  • Trained from scratch by xAI using a custom training stack on top of JAX and Rust in October 2023.

Now, nearly everything Elon Musk does is a news story and this is no different as one reason they are open-sourcing Grok is because Elon is suing OpenAI and will only drop the litigation if they change their name to ClosedAI (the idea being that he doesn’t like the idea that OpenAI is not open source). 

How to Access Grok

To access Grok, you need to sign up for (Twitter) X Premium Plus. It also seems to be limited to certain territories (most likely the U.S.A) at the time of writing. 

You can either sign up from your X account or go to X.AI directly and sign up there.

You must sign up for the Premium+ account and be based in the U.S.A. When you sign up your account should have a tab for Grok on the left-hand side of your X profile.  

how to access grok on X

Elon Musk has also announced that if you have more than 5,000 verified followers on X, you should get Premium+ for free and therefore have access to Grok. 

Grok vs ChatGPT- Which is Better?

It is hard to compare these tools as they are both quite different.

In terms of capabilities, ChatGPT can generate content on a wide range of topics, while Grok AI is known for generating more current, up-to-date content with a humorous tone. 

ChatGPT also creates images with Dalle-3 and web search features that Grok AI currently lacks, as Grok can only handle text input and is limited to data from the X platform.

The main advantage of Grok is that it provides more current, relevant, real-time information compared to ChatGPT which often doesn’t have access to up-to-date information.

In saying that, I would definitely still use ChatGPT for most tasks as it is quite far ahead of Grok. The amount of things you can do with ChatGPT is mind-blowing whereas you are much more limited with Grok AI.   

Learn More About Grok

As Grok is still quite new, I thought it would be fun to learn more about the AI tool

Regular Mode vs Fun Mode

There are two modes to Grok, Regular mode and Fun mode. Apparently, Fun mode will give you a more humorous response but I have yet to see any real difference. 

No chat history

You can’t go back and look at the chats that you had with Grok at an earlier date. You can however share your chats on X. X (Still strange to call it that!) asks you to verify the output from Grok

Grok vs Google Gemini

From my testing, Google Gemini has more up-to-date information currently than ChatGPT. I find myself slowly moving towards Google Gemini as it works very well in all of my testing. 

The integrations with other Google products are a big deal but not many people are talking about this.

Grok on the other hand doesn’t really live up to the hype even with its integrations. I asked for a list of X profiles on a specific topic and it just gave me invented twitter profiles.On the other hand, if you ask Google Gemini to give you some YouTube videos about a certain topic, then it is usually successful. 

The Google Gemini dashboard

Using AI content online

There are a number of issues you should be aware of when you publish AI content from tools like Grok online.

These are the most common:

  • Factual inaccuracies from hallucinating AI tools
  • Generic, boring content
  • Academic integrity

Hallucinating is the idea that the AI tool just invented something that is not true. This happens due to the fact that the tool is using a predictive analysis model and is basically predicting the next word. The tools don’t know what is correct/true or incorrect/false. They are just guessing based on their training.

Students can also use AI tools to complete their homework. This defeats the purpose of schoolwork and practicing certain key skills like writing.

For these reasons, we at Winston AI have created an AI content detector.  We have a 99.98% accuracy rate when detecting AI content.

You can try our AI content detector here.

Conor Monaghan

Conor is an AI expert and English Teacher. He spends his time researching and writing about AI tools to help educators and publishers to become more productive.