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Published on May 13, 2024
AI-Advancement from OpenAI Unleashes GPT-4o Amid Global AI Protests and Market FrenzySource: YouTube / OpenAI

OpenAI, the San Francisco tech giant, has announced the launch of a new AI model, GPT-4o, raising anticipation alongside a chorus of global protests, as reported by NBC Bay Area. The streets in major cities, including San Francisco, are echoing with voices of dissent, where protesters are clamoring for regulatory action ahead of a pivotal AI summit in Korea.

According to Reuters, the GPT-4o model is a force to be reckoned with, boasting of capabilities such as engaging in voice conversation and integrating text and vision, a notable leap from its predecessors and OpenAI's attempt at staving off the heat from competitors. The new model will come with bells and whistles including real-time responses without delays, and the ability for users to interrupt mid-speech, replicating a human-like conversational dynamic which the tech wizards at OpenAI flaunted during a live-streamed showcase.

What we're dealing with here isn't just your regular chatbot; the GPT-4o model can narrate a bedtime story with a platter of different voices, each carrying its own flavor of emotion and tone, adding a personal touch that transcends the traditional digital interaction. Mira Murati, OpenAI's chief technology officer, said at the event that "GPT-4o model would be offered for free because it is more efficient than the company's previous models," highlighting the Silicon Valley outfit's commitment to pushing the envelope.

In a landscape where speed and interactivity are the currencies of the realm, and traffic to OpenAI's creations see-saws with the unpredictable zest of a roller-coaster ride according to analytics by Similarweb, this new model could be the golden ticket, or so suggests the buzz that preceded Alphabet Inc's dip in shares by 0.3% on the announcement day, contrasted by Microsoft's stoic share performance, which remained unchanged despite the whirlwind of activity in the sector. The timing of OpenAI's bombshell aligns cheekily with Alphabet's upcoming Google developers conference, where the latter is also poised to unfurl its AI updates.