The recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly from OpenAI, highlight a significant shift in the industry. OpenAI hosted its first developer conference, showcasing several new products, including an improved version of GPT-4, new text-to-speech models, and an API for the image-generating DALL-E 3. The standout announcement was the introduction of GPTs (Generative Pre-trained Transformers), a platform allowing developers to create their own AI systems using OpenAI's models. These systems can be published on the GPT Store, a marketplace hosted by OpenAI. In the near future, developers will also have the opportunity to monetize their creations based on user engagement.
Sam Altman, OpenAI's CEO, emphasized the potential of GPTs to empower people with better tools, enabling them to create more helpful AI systems. These systems can be tailored for various purposes, such as answering culinary questions from a cookbook collection or helping developers adhere to best coding practices. GPTs are designed to be user-friendly, requiring no coding experience, and can range from simple to complex applications.
This move signifies OpenAI's transition from being just an AI model provider to a comprehensive platform. It democratizes the creation of generative AI applications, especially for those utilizing OpenAI's models. This advancement could disrupt traditional business models, particularly for consultancies that build custom AI systems for clients. It might also challenge model providers that don't offer similar app-building tools, due to the complexity of integrating APIs into existing applications and services.
In a broader perspective, other tech giants are also making significant strides in AI. Samsung recently introduced its own generative AI family, Samsung Gauss, featuring models for language processing, code generation, and image generation and editing. Microsoft updated its startup program to include free AI compute resources for training and running generative models. YouTube is experimenting with generative AI features for its premium subscribers, including a conversational AI tool and a feature that summarizes video comments. Additionally, other notable developments include Kai-Fu Lee's AI startup unveiling its first model, GitHub planning a customizable Copilot plan for enterprises, and Mozilla releasing an AI chatbot designed to assist online shoppers.
These developments reflect a dynamic and rapidly evolving AI landscape, with major players innovating and competing to shape the future of AI applications and their integration into various sectors.