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Deepmind shows off Project Astra AI watching OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4o launch

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What happens when AI watches AI … watching AI??

 

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OpenAI held its big unveiling earlier this week, showing off the much more human-sounding and emotive ChatGPT-4o model with a big push for its Voice Mode.

With Google following up with its I/O keynote, it appears the tech giant was keeping more than just an eye on its Artificial Intelligence (AI) rivals. In fact, it held a little AI screening of the event.

 

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Michael Chang from the Google DeepMind Gemini and Project Astra team shared a video showing that the company’s Gemini chatbot was watching GPT-4o at work.

 

 

Taking to X, Chang said “Gemini and I also got a chance to watch the @OpenAI live announcement of gpt4o, using Project Astra!”

“Congrats to the OpenAI team, super impressive work!”

 

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In the video Gemini is running transcription for the GPT-4o reveal event, attributing quotes to the correct speakers and providing a voice commentary.

Chang asks Gemini to give him a summary of “what just happened” as part of the demo, too, and Gemini explains what was shown on stage, even referencing the OpenAI team by name.

At the point where GPT-4o works to solve an algebra equation, Gemini solves the equation while OpenAI’s model works through the steps. Gemini even recounts the steps to solve and gives kudos to its counterpart for how it solved the equation. Impressive stuff, but also given the fact it was an AI watching and AI, also slightly creepy and concerning …

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