According to recent reports, the highly anticipated GPT-4 from OpenAI is set to be launched in the coming week. Andreas Braun, CTO at Microsoft Germany, spoke about the imminent arrival of the new large language AI model at an event in Germany, stating that the system will have multi-modal models that will offer completely different possibilities, such as videos.
This suggests that GPT-4 will be exponentially more powerful than its predecessor and will open up new enterprise use cases for generative AI.
Microsoft has been a partner of OpenAI since 2019, investing $1bn in the company. It increased its stake by several billion dollars in January after the success of ChatGPT, the AI-powered chatbot that has taken the internet by storm in recent months. With rumours about GPT-4 and its capabilities swirling for some time, this news will undoubtedly be of interest to anyone following developments in the field of AI.
The new system is expected to be a multi-modal LLM, meaning that it will be able to draw information from a variety of sources, including videos and images. This is a significant development, as OpenAI’s current LLM, GPT-3.5, is purely text-based. Microsoft itself has been experimenting with multi-modal AI models already, and earlier this month released details of Kosmos-1, a model which can draw on data from text and images.
It is worth noting that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman attempted to downplay expectations earlier this year, saying that GPT-4 was likely to “leave people disappointed.” However, given the progress that has been made in the field of AI in recent years, it seems likely that the new system will be a significant step forward, and will pave the way for even more impressive developments in the future.