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This Week in AI: OpenAI Takes a Serious Stance with GPTs

Explore the game-changing era of AI app creation with OpenAI's GPTs. From improved GPT-4 to monetization on GPT Store, witness the evolution of conversational AI development.

OpenAI's GPTs: A Paradigm Shift in AI App Creation

In a landmark move, OpenAI is transforming the AI landscape with its revolutionary GPTs, providing developers with tools to build conversational AI systems effortlessly. This paradigm shift was unveiled during OpenAI's recent developer conference, where the company showcased an array of products, including an enhanced GPT-4, new text-to-speech models, and an API for the image-generating DALL-E 3.

The most significant announcement revolves around OpenAI's GPTs, offering developers the ability to create and publish their conversational AI systems on the GPT Store—an OpenAI-hosted marketplace. Soon, developers can even monetize their GPTs based on user usage, marking a shift from model provider to a platform model.

OpenAI's GPTs democratize generative AI app creation, eliminating the need for coding expertise. The GPTs can range from simple to complex applications, such as training a GPT on a cookbook collection for recipe inquiries or ingesting a company's proprietary codebases for code generation aligned with best practices.

While concerns about potential monopolies arise, OpenAI's first-mover advantage in providing comprehensive GPT building tools positions it at the forefront of reshaping the AI landscape. This move could disrupt consultancies building similar AI models and make model providers without app-building tools less appealing.

In other noteworthy AI developments:

  1. Samsung Unveils Generative AI: Shortly after OpenAI's event, Samsung introduced Samsung Gauss, a generative AI family featuring a large language model, a code-generating model, and an image generation and editing model.
  2. Microsoft Supports Startups with Free AI Compute: Microsoft announced an update to its startup program, offering a no-cost Azure AI infrastructure option for Nvidia-based GPU virtual machine clusters to train and run generative models.
  3. YouTube Explores Generative AI Features: YouTube plans to experiment with generative AI features, including a conversational tool and a feature that summarizes topics in video comments, available to paying subscribers.
  4. DeepMind's Head of Robotics Discusses Ambitions: An interview with Vincent Vanhoucke, Google DeepMind's head of robotics, delves into Google's ambitious plans for general-purpose robots and the role of generative AI.
  5. Kai-Fu Lee's AI Startup Unveils First Model: 01.AI, founded by Kai-Fu Lee, released its first model, the open-source Yi-34B, seven months after its establishment.
  6. GitHub Teases Customizable Copilot Plan: GitHub revealed plans for an enterprise subscription tier allowing companies to fine-tune its Copilot pair-programmer based on their internal codebase.
  7. Mozilla Launches AI Chatbot: Mozilla introduces Fakespot Chat, an AI agent helping consumers shop online by answering questions about products, demonstrating the synergy of AI in product research.

The AI landscape is evolving rapidly, and OpenAI's GPTs are at the forefront, redefining how developers engage with generative AI applications. The era of democratized AI app creation has dawned, opening new possibilities and challenges for the industry.