OpenAI, supported by Microsoft, is developing advanced agent software designed to execute intricate tasks on users’ devices autonomously, as reported by The Information based on information from a knowledgeable source.
This software aims to automate web-based activities, such as collecting public information on companies, organizing itineraries, or booking flights. These advanced assistants, referred to as “agents,” are engineered to carry out sophisticated personal and professional tasks upon human command, operating independently without requiring constant oversight.
As of now, OpenAI has not provided a comment in response to inquiries about this development. This initiative follows the company’s introduction of the ChatGPT chatbot in late 2022, which brought generative AI to the forefront with its capabilities for composing sonnets and drafting emails.
Aleksandr Zhadan, after ending a relationship in 2021, turned to Tinder in Moscow to find a girlfriend but found the process challenging. To improve his chances, Zhadan programmed OpenAI’s GPT-2, and later versions up to GPT-4, to act as his dating assistant on Tinder.
This AI assistant interacted with 5,239 women, securing over 100 dates, and ultimately helped him meet his wife, Karina Vyalshakaeva. The AI was programmed to match Zhadan’s preferences and even managed scheduling and conversation initiation. Despite initial bugs and misunderstandings, the program was refined over time. Zhadan and Vyalshakaeva’s relationship moved from online to in-person, leading them to live together and eventually get engaged, with the AI even suggesting the proposal.
Vyalshakaeva learned about the AI’s involvement months into the relationship and appreciated the practicality and personalization. While Zhadan has not commercialized the program due to its cost, the story highlights the potential of AI in personalizing and streamlining the dating process, despite the ethical and operational concerns it raises for dating platforms like Tinder.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied OpenAI’s application to trademark the term “GPT,” although the specific iteration “GPT-4” has been trademarked.
This decision paves the way for other companies to name their products or services using the widely recognized abbreviation. For instance, Epic Games could introduce a product named “Epic GPT,” and Microsoft might launch a service called “Azure GPT.”
Microsoft has made significant announcements regarding its AI-driven Copilot platform, formerly known as Bing Chat. The updates include a redesigned interface with a cleaner, more image-rich landing page, new AI image creation and editing capabilities, and the introduction of a new AI model named Deucalion. This revamped Copilot is now publicly available in certain English-speaking countries.
Alongside these updates, Microsoft is launching a new Super Bowl ad to promote Copilot, showcasing its capabilities beyond traditional web searches, such as generating storyboard images for films and coding for 3D games. This move indicates Microsoft’s commitment to positioning Copilot as a versatile tool for creative projects, despite ongoing controversies around AI’s impact on jobs and deepfake scandals.
The Deucalion model, which enhances the “Balanced” response mode in Copilot, suggests a refined version of GPT-4, although specific details about its foundation remain unclear. Microsoft’s push with Deucalion and the overall enhancements to Copilot demonstrate the company’s focus on making AI more accessible and functional for a wide range of users, amid broader debates about the technology’s use and ethics.
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