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OpenAI Unveils GPT-4o and Desktop ChatGPT

ByHuey Yee Ong

May 14, 2024
OpenAI Unveils GPT-4o and Desktop ChatGPT

OpenAI Unveils GPT-4o and Desktop ChatGPT

OpenAI unveiled its newest advancements on Monday with the launch of GPT-4o and a desktop version of its widely utilized chatbot, ChatGPT. This development includes an enriched user interface designed to broaden the application and ease of use of the chatbot.

Mira Murati, OpenAI’s technology chief, announced these updates during a live event, stating, “This is the first time that we are really making a huge step forward when it comes to the ease of use,” signaling a significant enhancement in the technology’s accessibility and functionality.

Enhanced Speed and Accessibility

GPT-4o, where the ‘o’ signifies ‘omni’, represents a pivotal upgrade in the ChatGPT series, integrating capabilities across multiple languages and platforms with enhanced speed and efficiency. According to Murati, GPT-4o:

  • Operates at double the speed of GPT-4 Turbo
  • Costs half as much as GPT-4 Turbo
  • Is capable of handling text, video, and audio inputs more effectively

This model is set to be available through OpenAI’s API, allowing developers immediate access to utilize its features for building applications.

Real-Time Emotional Intelligence Demonstrations

The launch event also showcased the model’s practical applications in real-time scenarios. For example, OpenAI demonstrated GPT-4o’s ability to perceive emotional cues during interactions, such as aiding a user to remain calm before a public speech and recognizing facial expressions to comment on the user’s emotional state.

Additionally, the model displayed its versatility by responding to interruptions and adjusting the tone of its voice upon request, further illustrating its advanced audio capabilities.

Voice Mode and Multilingual Capabilities

Another significant feature introduced is the Voice Mode, which OpenAI plans to test in the coming weeks. This mode enhances the chatbot’s responsiveness to audio prompts, delivering replies in as little as 232 milliseconds—comparable to human response times in conversation.

OpenAI highlighted the model’s potential in multi-modal translations as well, demonstrating its ability to facilitate a conversation between speakers of different languages, translating Italian to English in real-time.

The new model’s broadened language support extends to 50 languages, offering improved speed and quality in each. This expansion is part of OpenAI’s strategy to make its technologies more inclusive and versatile, catering to a global user base. Key updates include:

  • Increased message capacity for users of the paid version, ChatGPT Plus
  • Varying usage limits for other tiers such as ChatGPT Team and Enterprise

Staying Ahead in the AI Market

OpenAI, supported by Microsoft and valued at over $80 billion by investors, continues to innovate amidst intense competition in the generative AI market. The firm has been strategically investing in infrastructure and processor technology, essential for developing and training AI models.

During the event, Murati acknowledged the support from Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang for providing the advanced GPUs necessary for these developments, emphasizing the collaborative efforts driving OpenAI’s rapid advancements.

As the AI industry grows, with $29.1 billion invested across nearly 700 generative AI deals in 2023 alone, ethical concerns and the potential for bias in AI technologies remain critical issues. OpenAI’s approach includes careful deployment and monitoring of new services to address these challenges responsibly.

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Featured Image courtesy of OpenAI

Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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