The domain AI.com, which used to redirect users to ChatGPT, now redirects to the website for Elon Musk’s newly formed AI company xAI. This is a significant development, as it suggests that Musk is serious about competing with OpenAI in the AI space.
It is unclear who bought the domain AI.com, but it is a good guess that it was Musk. Short domains are both few in number and prohibitively expensive, and it is likely that this purchase was upwards of several millions of dollars.
Musk already owns several one letter domains, including X.ai and the even rarer X.com. This suggests that he has a particular fondness for the letter “X” and that he is willing to spend big money on domain names.
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The change in ownership of AI.com is likely to be seen as a provocation by OpenAI. Altman and Musk have been rivals for years, and this latest move is just another way for Musk to one-up his former partner.
It is also worth noting that Musk does not yet have an actual AI product to deliver. His company xAI is still in its early stages, and it is unclear what it will actually do.
This raises the question of whether Musk’s purchase of AI.com is just a publicity stunt or if he is serious about competing with OpenAI. Only time will tell.
In the meantime, this latest development is a reminder that the AI space is heating up. With Musk entering the fray, it is clear that the competition is only going to get more intense.