OpenAI Launches GPT-4o ”Omni” Model now Powering ChatGPT

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OpenAI introduced a new top-notch AI model called GPT-4o on Monday. The “o” in its name means “omni,” indicating its ability to handle text, speech, and video. GPT-4o will gradually become available in OpenAI’s products for developers and consumers over the next few weeks.

According to OpenAI CTO Mira Murati, GPT-4o offers intelligence comparable to GPT-4 but enhances its capabilities across different forms of media.

During a presentation at OpenAI’s San Francisco offices on Monday, Murati emphasized GPT-4o’s ability to reason across voice, text, and vision, highlighting its importance for future human-machine interactions.

Previously, OpenAI’s leading model, GPT-4 Turbo, could analyze images and text but lacked speech capabilities. GPT-4o now includes speech, expanding its functionalities.

This advancement brings several benefits. For instance, it significantly enhances the experience with OpenAI’s AI chatbot, ChatGPT. Users can now interact with ChatGPT more fluidly, asking questions and interrupting its responses in real-time. GPT-4o can also understand nuances in users’ voices and respond in various emotive styles, including singing.

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Additionally, GPT-4o improves ChatGPT’s ability to analyze images. It can quickly answer questions related to a given photo or desktop screen.

These features will continue to evolve. Murati envisions future capabilities where ChatGPT can translate menus in different languages or explain the rules of a live sports game.

OpenAI emphasizes that GPT-4o is more multilingual, performing better in around 50 languages. It’s also faster and more cost-effective than its predecessor, GPT-4 Turbo.

However, voice capabilities will initially be limited to a select group of partners due to concerns about potential misuse.

GPT-4o is now available in the free version of ChatGPT and will be accessible to premium subscribers with increased message limits. Users will automatically switch to the older GPT-3.5 model when they reach the limit.

OpenAI also announced updates to ChatGPT’s user interface, including a more conversational design and a desktop version for macOS, with a Windows version planned for later.

Additionally, the GPT Store, offering tools for building third-party chatbots, is now accessible to free ChatGPT users. They can now use features previously restricted to paid subscribers, such as memory capabilities and web searching.

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