In the realm of artificial intelligence, the past week has been nothing short of groundbreaking. From OpenAI’s latest advancements to Elon Musk’s playful rival, Grok, and the introduction of the first wearable AI device, it’s been a whirlwind of innovation and excitement. This article delves into the significant developments that transpired in the AI world during this momentous week.
OpenAI, one of the pioneers in AI technology, recently hosted its first developer conference, marking a significant milestone in the industry. The event, held approximately a year after the launch of ChatGPT, ignited a new wave of competition among tech companies eager to integrate similar AI tools into their products.
During the conference, OpenAI revealed a series of updates to its AI toolkit, including a feature that allows developers to create custom versions of ChatGPT, aptly named GPTs. These GPTs act as versatile plugins, capable of connecting to databases, facilitating e-commerce transactions, or being integrated into emails. What’s remarkable is that these customizations can be accomplished without any prior coding experience, a testament to OpenAI’s commitment to making AI accessible.
OpenAI is also set to launch the GPT Store, a marketplace for GPTs. Much like traditional app stores, GPTs will be ranked and categorized, making it easier for users to discover and utilize them for various purposes, from productivity to education and entertainment.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, showcased GPT-4 Turbo, the latest iteration of the technology powering ChatGPT. Notably, it can handle input equivalent to about 300 pages of a standard book, a significant improvement over its predecessor. Altman also highlighted the platform’s rapid growth, with approximately 2 million developers and 90% of Fortune 500 companies using OpenAI’s tools internally, serving a staggering 100 million active users.
Humane’s AI Pin
Humane, a startup founded by former Apple employees, entered the AI scene with a bang by introducing its first AI wearable device, the Ai Pin. This small, inconspicuous gadget attaches to clothing and aims to eventually replace smartphones by projecting information onto the user’s hands. It offers features such as answering phone calls and handling various tasks without the need to hold a smartphone.
The Ai Pin isn’t just a one-trick pony; it comes loaded with AI-powered tools, including search capabilities, message management, and email organization. Powered by a Snapdragon processor and boasting a Qualcomm AI engine, the Ai Pin also features depth and motion sensors, an ultra-wide camera, and a laser ink display.
Arun Chandrasekaran, an analyst at Gartner, sees this as a groundbreaking step in futuristic hardware design, exploring new avenues for human-machine interaction. However, questions remain about its adoption, especially regarding battery life. Given its small size and the array of functions it promises, ensuring suitable battery life will be a crucial challenge.
There are also concerns about the data it collects and processes, as always-on AI may require a significant leap of faith from a society that is currently hesitant to grant such access.
The Ai Pin is set to go on sale in the US on Thursday, November 16, with a starting price of $699.
The Arrival of Grok
Elon Musk’s AI startup, xAI, made waves by unveiling a chatbot named Grok. Taking inspiration from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Grok is designed to provide witty responses and boasts a rebellious streak, aligning with Musk’s own sense of humor. Musk, who has owned X (formerly known as Twitter) for a year, revealed that Grok is trained with real-time access to information from the platform.
While Grok is still in its early testing phases, it is set to become part of X’s Premium+ service in the US, offering features like the coveted blue checkmark for a subscription fee of $16 per month.
Interestingly, Elon Musk is a co-founder of OpenAI but stepped down as chairman five years ago due, in part, to disagreements about the company’s direction.
A Targeted Attack
Just days after OpenAI’s developer conference, the company faced significant outages across its services, which were later attributed to potential targeted attacks on its servers. OpenAI issued a statement acknowledging that the outages were caused by abnormal traffic patterns resembling a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, wherein attackers flood a server to disrupt regular operations.
During the outage, users were unable to access OpenAI’s tools and services but were reassured that no user information was compromised.
The Broader AI Landscape
Beyond these key developments, major tech companies are doubling down on AI. Amazon, for instance, is investing heavily in training an AI codenamed “Olympus,” expected to surpass OpenAI’s GPT-4 model in terms of parameters, the building blocks that enhance AI intelligence.
YouTube is also testing AI tools aimed at answering questions, making recommendations, and summarizing content in video comment sections.
Arun Chandrasekaran predicts that while not all companies will create massive AI models, many will continue to develop smaller, specialized ones to enhance their products, automate tasks, and gain a competitive edge.
This week in AI has been monumental, with OpenAI’s groundbreaking announcements, the introduction of the Ai Pin wearable device, and Elon Musk’s playful Grok chatbot. As the AI landscape continues to evolve, it’s clear that innovation and competition are driving the industry forward at an unprecedented pace.