OpenAI Unveils Updated ChatGPT Version

OpenAI has publicly revealed an updated version of the technology behind its chatbot ChatGPT platform. This latest tech is dubbed GPT-4o, and the company plans to make it available to all ChatGPT users regardless of their subscription status.

GPT-4o has been designed to read, translate languages and discuss images. It can also identify specific emotions by observing/analyzing visual expressions. This version has also been equipped with memory, so it is capable of “remembering” previous prompts it has been given. Additionally, the model operates at a more conversational rhythm because there is hardly a pause between the time one issues prompts and replies are given.

The model takes interruptions in stride and adjusts its responses to accommodate the input from the interruption.

During a live demonstration, the voice version was helpful by suggesting how a given equation could be solved. The model didn’t just go straight into solving the equation. It also translated from English to Italian and Italian to English. When a selfie having a smiling man was provided, the model identified the emotions depicted in that image.

The demo wasn’t all perfect: the model at some point was mistaken that the man smiling in the image was a wooden surface. At another point, the technology started solving an equation even before it was provided with such a prompt. Glitches such as these can, with time, be addressed.

The glitches aside, GPT-4o shows where OpenAI plans to go with its AI technology. The company looks set on creating the next-gen digital AI assistant, one that can take a lot more than just text or voice commands. Such an assistant would recall what it was previously told.

It was notable that no mention of the environmental impact of this technology was discussed. AI models like this one require massive energy and computational power, and future versions will be even more demanding. One would therefore expect that sustainability features somewhere as products like these are launched.

There have been some rumors that Apple and OpenAI may be in talks about a possible partnership. Neither of the two parties has confirmed this, but it was inescapable that products made by Apple featured in the presentation of GPT-4o.

Another notable thing had to do with the event’s timing. It took place only one day before Google, OpenAI’s rival, was slated to host its yearly conference, at which it would showcase its recent developments in artificial intelligence. It would be hard for anyone to believe that the date of unveiling GPT-4o was randomly picked.

The different partnerships between software companies such as Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) are likely to bring onto the market even more innovative AI solutions that could transform the way many aspects of work are done. It should be noted that Microsoft invested in OpenAI several years ago.

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