What you need to know
- OpenAI has held its Dev Day conference and detailed improvements and new features heading to ChatGPT.
- Plus and free users will get to benefit from increased context window sizes.
- New Assistants API for developers to build their own agent-like experiences within their applications.
- Users will also be able to create their own custom GPT models.
- Prices for tokens on GPT-4 and GPT-3.5 are also now going to be lower, and starting with GPT-4 customers, rate limits will be higher.
- Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, made an appearance to talk up the relationship between the two companies.
OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has been holding its own developer conference, detailing new features and improvements to its AI offering. A familiar face also dropped in, with an appearance from Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, to talk up the partnership between the two companies.
The big news, of course, from events such as this is what's new and getting better, and ChatGPT is definitely getting juiced up going forward.
The highlight is the announcement that GPT-4 is getting enhanced to become GPT-4 Turbo, with a whopping 128k context window. For context, OpenAI says this is the equivalent to around 300 pages of text in one go.
GPT-4 on ChatGPT is still behind the paywalled Plus subscription, but free users will also be getting some upgrades. GPT-3.5 Turbo will also have an increased context window, up to 16k, as well as improved instruction following and the addition of the JSON mode.
JSON mode itself is also being improved, with a new API parameter that ensures ChatGPT can output correctly syntaxed JSON.
Developers are also going to be able to leverage the new Assistants API, enabling them to build their own GPT agents within their applications.
Introducing GPTs - user created versions of ChatGPT
One of the more interesting announcements is the ability for users to create their own custom versions of ChatGPT. The idea behind this is that anyone can create their own, tailored version of ChatGPT to assist in a more specific way than the general client.
Power users have been craving a way to narrow down ChatGPTs focus to more specific tasks, and that's what OpenAI is delivering. It's entirely code-free, so quite literally anyone can try it, and it'll likely be a better way in for OpenAI in the enterprise space, too.
There will be example GPTs for Plus subscribers to try out, initially from the likes of Zapier and Canva, but as always, access is being rolled out gradually. This also applies to the GPT builder, so for the foreseeable, you'll have to be both a paid subscriber and wait your turn.
There is a ton of new goodies, mostly aimed at developers, so be sure to check out the full blog post to get the full run down.
ChatGPT going from strength to strength
ChatGPT has made huge waves this year among the raft of AI products that have come to market. Microsoft's own Bing Chat is fairly similar, using the GPT-4 model to power it, as well as OpenAI's image generation tech for its own Bing Image Creator.
Chatbots are fun, but the real question has been what's next. Making ChatGPT better is one thing, but lots still don't see how they can integrate it into their lives.
OpenAI's announcements all point towards ChatGPT being a platform rather than a singular product. We already have plugins, but by paying particular attention to what developers can do, making it cheaper, and improving aspects involving code syntax, OpenAI is pushing hard. The advancements this year alone are impressive, and with all the biggest players such as Google and Meta pushing their own products, the AI race is firmly on. For OpenAI, it's about staying in front, and what's been revealed this week is a good step in that direction.
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