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OpenAI's new model talks like a human

ALSO: The AI world reacts to GPT-4o

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The wait is finally over. OpenAI showed off its latest release — a free model called GPT-4o that integrates voice, text, and images and sounds eerily like a human.

Today’s Insights

  • A look at OpenAI’s new model

  • Prompt: Ghostwriter, who?

  • How experts are reacting to GPT-4o

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • Everything else you should know today

  • Chart: AI’s electricity demand

  • AI-Generated Images: Cat squad quadrants

NEXT IN AI

OpenAI unveils a brand-new talking AI model to power ChatGPT

Source: OpenAI/Screenshot

OpenAI kept us guessing until the very end. On Monday, the company finally showed off the next big thing in AI: Not GPT-5, but a new model called GPT-4o that’s a little different than what most experts were expecting — but no less exciting.

What sets it apart? It’s faster and more efficient, but the biggest changes might come down to its ease of use. It’s reportedly more intuitive, like a jack-of-all-trades that can easily move between different mediums, including voice, text, and images — sort of like an upgraded version of ChatGPT mixed with a superpowered Siri.

The demo showed GPT-4o:

  • Helping an Italian speaker and an English speaker communicate by acting as their real-time translator

  • Walking a presenter through a math equation he’d written on a piece of paper

  • Analyzing a webpage full of code, then describing weather patterns from a chart of average temperatures

  • Communicating in different styles, from hyper-expressive to sing-songy, to robotic

OpenAI says that GPT-4o is 2x faster and 50% cheaper than GPT-4 Turbo, it’s most capable model until yesterday’s announcement. The company also claims that the model outperforms the competition on several key benchmarks like the ELO ranking system by a significant margin.

The biggest takeaway: GPT-4o is getting eerily good at mimicking the quirks of human communication. As one example, if you want to change the subject of the conversation, you can simply cut it off mid-sentence and move on to something else.

Its ability to recognize human emotions — including the tenor of someone’s voice, their breathing patterns, and their facial expressions — marks a major step forward.

Most users will be able to access GPT-4o for free within the next few weeks. OpenAI is also rolling out an app so users can use it directly on their desktops. But still no word on the supposed Google Search competitor...yet.

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PROMPT OF THE DAY

Better than a ghostwriter

Prompt: Help me structure a subplot for my novel. The main story is about [give the main plot of your novel], but I want to introduce a subplot involving [specify characters or themes, e.g., ‘the protagonist’s estranged sibling’, ‘a mysterious artifact’]. This subplot should touch on themes like [mention themes you want to explore, e.g., ‘redemption’, ‘forbidden love’].

You can adapt the prompt to your specific needs.

Source: greataiprompts

AI & INNOVATION

The AI world reacts to GPT-4o

Source: OpenAI

Is OpenAI’s new model an earth-shattering leap toward AGI — or an incremental step in the right direction? Well, that depends on who you ask. For helpful context, AI expert Madni Aghadi compiled first-hand accounts of interactions with GPT-4o here.

Will Depue, a generative video developer at OpenAI, said on X that people are underestimating what makes GPT-4o unique. “It isn’t a text model with a voice or image attachment,” he said. “It’s a natively multimodal token in, multimodel token out model.”

Bindu Reddy, co-founder of AI startup Abacus, took a more measured approach. She pointed out that GPT-4o, while impressive, is only marginally better than previous versions. “In fact, it proves that LLMs are plateauing and that each extra point gained in MMLU [a benchmark for evaluating AI’s knowledge capabilities] is very hard to achieve.”

Still, it’s the subtle touches that stood out to Suhai Doshi, the founder of AI startup Playground. He was impressed with the model’s “humor, pith, intonation, [and] succinctness, creating an engaging experience that is arguably better than human.”

Entrepreneur Siqi Chen summed up what a lot of AI experts are feeling: “This will prove to be in retrospect by far the most underrated OpenAI event ever.”

And just as we’re catching our breaths with OpenAI’s big news, Alphabet is reportedly getting ready to reveal some major AI-related announcements at its I/O event today (and tomorrow).

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AI & TECH NEWS

Everything you need to know today

Source: Getty Images/Mashable

  • Catching Up: The New York Times reported that to keep up with its competitors, Apple is working on a revamped, AI-powered version of Siri, which it plans to unveil on June 10.

  • Brains Plus Brawn: SoftBank’s Arm, which builds architecture for high-tech semiconductors, is expected to release its own AI chip by Spring 2025.

  • AI on the Agenda: The US and China are expected to hold their first joint discussion on AI safety in Geneva today.

  • Crossing Borders: Beijing-based computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee announced a platform similar to Microsoft’s Copilot that he hopes will usher in a new wave of AI interest in China.

  • Blind Date: Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd anticipates that you’ll soon be able to ask an AI concierge to go on dates on your behalf, then surface the candidates you're most compatible with.

CHART

AI’s increasing power demands

Chart: The Economist

The International Energy Agency found that the world could consume as much as 800 terawatt-hours of electricity by 2026, partly driven by new AI data centers.

AI drove just a tiny fraction of electricity usage in 2022, but in a few years, it could start competing with cryptocurrencies as one of the world’s leading energy hogs.

AI GENERATED IMAGES

Cat Squad Quadrants

Source: @designday8 on Midjourney

Prompt: geometric abstraction depicting cat by Kazumasa Nagai

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