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“O” is for “Omni” as AI Assistants Arrive

OpenAI announced GPT-4o, its latest AI model with text, vision, and audio capabilities in a shift towards a true digital assistant interface. While the “GPT-4-level” model improves multi-modal capabilities, the main innovation here is the first major step forward in the ease of use of OpenAI’s tools since its launch. GPT-4o will be accessible to all ChatGPT users in a staged roll-out, including those on the free version, so it’s also a move to “open up” OpenAI’s tools to more users and encourage lock-in. This reflects the heavy competition likely to emerge in this vertical from its big tech rivals.

A Conversational AI Digital Assistant

The model is available via a new web UI with a “more conversational” home screen and layout. It also includes a desktop version on macOS with keyboard shortcuts for questions or screenshots (windows version due later in year). It’s a supercharged upgrade to OpenAI voice mode with “real-time” responsiveness and low latency, resulting in a “conversational assistant” like Siri or Alexa but capable of much more complex tasks including:

  • Persisted streamed media input so it watches, listens along;

  • Vision capabilities to explain “What’s going on” from media input;

  • Better ability to detect and mimic human emotional nuance;

  • Ability to stop and recalibrate when interrupted;

  • Ability to instruct in real time on tasks - so long tutoring business;

  • Real-time language translation if prompted;

  • API access for all users to build their own applications off this base.

Pixie, Siri, and Camerabuds

Google is expected to announce similar digital assistant functionality today in its “Pixiemultimodal Google Assistant replacement. Yesterday right as OpenAI showed off GPT-4o, it teased a camera-powered AI feature that lets users ask what’s in the camera frame in real-time.

Apple plans to upgrade Siri with on-device AI to make it “more conversational and versatile", likely a huge priority for them now.

Meta is developing its "Camerabuds" AI-powered earphones with cameras that can identify objects and translate languages + its AI Smart glasses.

Apple and Google still have a huge lock-in advantage in that they already own the native voice assistants on your phone. OpenAI has moved fast to beat them to the drop on this, hoping its first-mover status will be enough.

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"This could become the AI agent product with a billion users from the get-go. The FSD for smartphones with a Tesla-scale data flywheel.”

— Dr Jim Fan, NVIDIA Sr. Research Manager & Lead of Embodied AI (GEAR Lab).

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