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In time creating AI’s will be as easy as talking to a computer, but for now you still have to use text.
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Following on from some big multi-modal updates OpenAI just unveiled another bunch of major updates for its popular Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot, including the ability for anyone to create their own “GPT” – AKA their own personalised version of ChatGPT.
The new tool is “designed for flexibility,” according to the company, allowing people to create anything from an AI-powered holiday planner, to a voice-controlled DJ.
“Eventually you’ll just ask the computer for what you need and it’ll do all of these tasks for you,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said during a keynote speech at the firm’s first developer conference in San Francisco on Monday.
Users will then be able to publish their new unique GPTs onto a marketplace called the GPT Store, where other users can download and use them.
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The new feature is one of several new abilities of the viral AI chatbot, with its training data now running until April 2023 instead of the previously limited version whose knowledge ended in 2021.
“We really believe that gradual iterative development is the best way to address the safety challenges of AI,” Altman said. “We think it’s especially important to move carefully towards this future.”
The tech boss also revealed that ChatGPT now has more than 100 million weekly active users, including two million developers who use the platform.
The updates come amid growing competition from other tech firms like Amazon, Google, and Meta, which have invested in and or launched their own versions of the AI chatbot in the year since ChatGPT was released.
The most recent arrival is Grok, launched over the weekend by Elon Musk’s new AI startup xAI.
Musk claims that his AI chatbot – which is currently only available for paying subscribers of X in the US – can outperform its rivals in certain areas due to real-time access to data from the social media platform.