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Elon Musk Now New Owner of AI.com Domain after OpenAI and Google

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The domain name AI.com has recently changed hands once again, signaling the ongoing competition and value surrounding artificial intelligence branding. Previously, the domain was redirected to OpenAI, although the company never officially confirmed the purchase. However, experts estimated its value at over $3 million due to the high demand for AI-related domains.

Now, AI.com redirects to X.ai, a new AI research company founded by Elon Musk. The reason for the transfer from OpenAI to X.ai remains unclear. X.ai may have decided not to use the AI.com brand in the long term or may have sold it for profit in a private deal.

The history of the AI.com domain is a long and storied one, with ownership changing hands between tech companies and speculators for over two decades. Allegedly, Google was the first owner of the domain during the “AI boom” in the 1990s.

Owning two-letter .com domains, especially ones like “AI,” is a rare and valuable asset for forming recognizable brands. By acquiring AI.com, X.ai likely sees it as an investment in establishing its brand identity.

However, owning a prestigious domain like AI.com is only the beginning. The real challenge lies in building substantial progress and credibility behind the domain. Both OpenAI and X.ai will need to demonstrate meaningful advancements in AI to fully capitalize on the branding potential of AI.com.

X.ai, led by Elon Musk, is still in its early stages, but it has made significant hires, including Ilya Sutskever, a former research director at OpenAI, as its CEO. The company’s focus on transparency and accountability aligns with Musk’s vision for safe AI. X.ai aims to develop AI systems that can explain their decisions to humans and be held accountable for their actions.

While the transfer of AI.com ownership highlights the competition in the AI space, the true value of the domain will ultimately depend on the progress and achievements made by its new owner, X.ai.

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