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OpenAI’s new flagship is faster, more accurate and free

OpenAI is set to launch the latest version of ChatGPT, which will be more advanced and, most importantly, free to all users.

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Tue, 14 May 2024
OpenAI's new flagship is faster, more accurate and free
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On Monday (13 May), OpenAI’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, announced GPT-4o to the company, which will be faster and more accurate than the current flagship, GPT-4, which was exclusive to paid subscribers.

“We’re very, very excited to bring GPT-4o to all of our free users out there,” said Murati at the GPT-4o launch event in San Francisco.

The “o” in GPT-4o stands for omni, hinting at the new flagship artificial intelligence (AI) bot’s capabilities. The new tool can respond to text, audio, and image inputs, and it can generate outputs in all three mediums as well.

With GPT-4o, OpenAI is aiming to make an AI tool that is much more human, with response times similar to that of humans, alongside the ability to have a human conversation.

“[GPT-4o] can respond to audio inputs in as little as 232 milliseconds, with an average of 320 milliseconds, which is similar to human response time in a conversation,” OpenAI said on its website.

Sam Altman, OpenAI’s chief executive, has also commented on the way the new chatbot feels human.

“The new voice (and video) mode is the best computer interface I’ve ever used. It feels like AI from the movies, and it’s still a bit surprising to me that it’s real. Getting to human-level response times and expressiveness turns out to be a big change,” said Altman.

“The original ChatGPT showed a hint of what was possible with language interfaces; this new thing feels viscerally different. It is fast, smart, fun, natural, and helpful.

“Talking to a computer has never felt really natural for me; now it does. As we add (optional) personalisation, access to your information, the ability to take actions on your behalf, and more, I can really see an exciting future where we are able to use computers to do much more than ever before.”

GPT-4o’s rollout has already begun, with the text and image capabilities already available. Paid subscribers still get an advantage with five times higher message limits.

The voice mode for GPT-4o is set to arrive in the coming weeks.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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