For a few weeks now, the ChatGPT language model has been talked about a lot. The artificial intelligence tool is indeed able to generate written content autonomously, and this on almost all subjects, from the recipe for Charlotte with apples to specific questions that agitate scientific research.
Behind this phenomenon, which goes so far as to worry Google, we find the company OpenAI. Here are 3 things to know about this atypical organization that should be talked about a lot in the weeks and months to come.
OpenAI soon to be valued at $29 billion?
According to information from the Wall Street Journal, OpenAI is in discussions to sell shares in a tender offer. If it materializes, this operation could value the research laboratory at 29 billion dollars. In the context of the current crisis, and while the firm was only worth 14 billion in 2021, this figure is very impressive.
It must be said that the company has already generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue by reselling its software and some of its services. Its founder and current leader, Sam Altman, even sells dreams to potential investors, and he estimates that his company will soon be able to generate up to a billion dollars in annual turnover.
Launched as a nonprofit in 2015 to pursue research work on artificial intelligence, the organization later created a for-profit arm in 2019 to raise funds. Its collaborative approach, which offers the public the opportunity to test its technologies, allows it today to outdo some Tech giants like Google.
ChatGPT, Dall-E 2, the multiple OpenAI projects
Just test ChatGPT for a few minutes to measure the potential impact of this AI. Its almost infinite applications create a wind of optimism, as much as they worry some actors. Moreover, OpenAI should release GPT-4 in 2023. This language model would be even more powerful and relevant than its already impressive predecessors.
The company is also working on Dall-E 2. It uses a language processing approach to generate images from textual descriptions. The latter was trained on a larger database than its predecessor and was designed to be faster and more accurate in generating images. Also note that Dall-E 2 can generate high resolution images.
Microsoft, Elon Musk… The prestigious shareholders of OpenAI
OpenAI was created in 2015 by a group of people including Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and Ilya Sutskever. Among the investors, we also find the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, or the well-known financier in Silicon Valley, Peter Thiel.
Another interesting fact to note, Microsoft has chosen to invest in the company, and it could soon reap the benefits of this bet. As we were telling you about this week, the Redmond company already integrates GPT technology for automatic suggestions during searches.
From March, Bing could directly integrate aspects of ChatGPT into its search engine. Thus, when you make a request, a complete answer sentence will be written with a key source. It is known, however, that ChatGPT is not designed to search the Internet or find information in real time, so its use in this context could be limited.
While this tool should soon become paid, its arrival in a free version at Microsoft risks threatening Google. The Tech giant is also working on an internal response that would be presented in the first quarter of 2023.