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March 10, 2023updated 20 Mar 2023 3:14pm

OpenAI’s GPT-4 to ‘launch next week’ – Microsoft Germany

Rumours about OpenAI's next large language AI model have been swirling for some time. We may not have much longer to wait.

By Matthew Gooding

GPT-4, the much anticipated new large language AI model from ChatGPT-maker OpenAI, could be released next week according to Microsoft Germany’s CTO. The model is likely to be exponentially more powerful than its predecessor, opening up new enterprise use cases for generative AI.

Will OpenAI release GPT-4 next week? (Photo by Rmedia7/Shutterstock)

Microsoft has been a partner of OpenAI since 2019 when it invested $1bn in the company, and it upped its stake by several billion dollars in the AI lab in January, following the success of ChatGPT, the AI-powered chatbot which has taken the internet by storm in recent months.

Rumours about GPT-4 and its capabilities have been swirling for some time, though OpenAI CEO Sam Altman attempted to play down what the system would be able to do in an interview earlier this year, when he said it was likely to “leave people disappointed”.

GPT-4 to be released next week?

Speaking at an event in Germany, Andreas Braun, CTO at Microsoft Germany, said the system’s arrival was imminent.

“We will introduce GPT-4 next week, there we will have multi-modal models that will offer completely different possibilities – for example videos,” said Braun in comments first reported by German media outlet Heise.

A multi-modal LLM is capable of drawing information from a variety of types of sources. This could open up the possibility of it taking information from videos and images it finds on the internet. GPT-3.5, OpenAI’s current LLM, 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.

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Tech Monitor has contacted OpenAI for comment.

ChatGPT released on Microsoft Azure

Meanwhile, the popularity of OpenAI’s existing products shows no signs of slowing down, and yesterday it was announced ChatGPT is available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

MSFT launched an expanded suite of AI tools, the Azure OpenAI Service, earlier this year, and at the time said ChatGPT would be added at a later date. It is now available in preview mode.

“Developers can integrate custom AI-powered experiences directly into their own applications, including enhancing existing bots to handle unexpected questions, recapping call centre conversations to enable faster customer support resolutions, creating new ad copy with personalized offers, automating claims processing, and more,” said Eric Boyd, corporate vice president for AI platforms at Microsoft.

Azure customers can already access a variety of other OpenAI services, including the Dall-E 2 image creator, and Codex, an automatic code generator for software developers.

Earlier this week, Microsoft also announced it was infusing its cloud-based Dynamics 365 CRM and ERP systems with artificial intelligence from OpenAI.

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