Since its release, ChatGPT has taken the tech world by storm, and this is no exaggeration. It garnered over 100 million users in just under two months of its launch and now has over 180.5 million active users (as per March 2024 data).

Highlights of OpenAI Dev Days 2023

ChatGPT’s widespread adoption has made its creator, OpenAI, a pioneer in the cutting-edge tech space. So, it’s no wonder when they host an event that OpenAI calls ‘Dev Days‘ (the very first and hopefully one of many), the entire tech community is on the edge of their seats.

So, if you are curious to know what were the big announcements OpenAI made at this event, this post is for you.

OpenAI Dev Days: The Key Takeaways

Here are the key takeaways from OpenAI Dev Day:

1. Update To ChatGPT’S Knowlege Base

As revolutionary as ChatGPT was, its primary pain point was its September 2019 knowledge cutoff. Especially when its closest rivals Google’s Gemini and Microsoft’s CoPilot (previously Bing) were tapped into the internet. 

Well, the good news is that, as of now, its knowledge cutoff is April 2023, which is a huge leap forward. The cherry on top is that OpenAI will allow users to browse the internet via Bing with the latest version of ChatGPT, GPT-4 Turbo. 

2. GPT-4 Turbo Is Here

Perhaps the biggest announcement at the OpenAI developer conference was GPT-4 Turbo. For starters, this version of ChatGPT has received a massive update – 128k character support for context (it was 32k earlier). 

For the uninitiated, context refers to the recent history of a single chat that ChatGPT uses to understand the current prompt or question. With this new support for 120k characters, GPT-4 Turbo can go back over 300 pages of text to craft responses, which can be a game changer for anything from data analysis to creative work.

The cherry on the cake, GPT-4, is now available via the API.



3. A New JSON Mode

Another welcome announcement was a new JSON mode that will benefit developers. This new mode is part of GPT-4 Turbo and forces GPT to respond in pure JSON, i.e., responses are formatted as valid JSON objects.

With this mode, GPT-4 Turbo is bound to become a powerhouse for creating structured data. It will name it an indispensable tool for developers looking to harness and unleash the full potential of AI in their applications.

4. A New Open AI Apps Store

OpenAI has also announced an all-new App Store. It is similar to Salesforce’s App Exchange, where developers can build and sell (via a revenue share program) bespoke GPT-powered apps to perform specialized tasks.

The highlight, you can use natural language to build apps, so you won’t need an OpenAI certification here.

5. Custom GPTs (Models)

This feature is for big organizations that have tons of data and require highly specialized AI to process it. You can apply for the program here and then work with a dedicated team of Open AI specialists to train your custom models (over the course of a few months) just the way you want them.

That said, the feature also comes with Open AI’s guarantee that your confidential data remains classified and only you reserve the rights to operate your bespoke AI model.

6. Assistants API

OpenAI also unveiled Assistant APIs – a developer-focused toolkit that enables users to build custom AI assistants that can function as anything from travel agents to data analysts and everything in between.

What’s more? These new assistants can leverage OpenAI’s existing models, integrate code interpreters for data analysis, and even utilize external functions to build next-generation AI experiences for specific niches.

7. Whisper TTS

Another significant announcement on OpenAI Dev Day was Whisper, their new text-to-speech (TTS) technology. This tech currently has two operational models – tts1 and tts1-HD. The former is optimized for speed and the latter for quality.

Besdies, they can generate realistic-sounding human speech in over 83 languages today (it was 6 when it was announced).

And if you are wondering if you can clone your voice, the answer is no. (At least not yet!)

8. Copyright Shield

There has been much debate about AI-generated content vs. copyrighted content online. In the spirit of commitment to its users, OpenAI announced the Copyright Shield. Simply put, it is a feature designed to protect users and their companies from potential legal claims related to copyright infringement.

Long story short, if you ever face such claims while using OpenAI’s products, rest assured that OpenAI will step in, defend you, and cover the associated costs.

9. Other Announcements

While GPT4-Turbo, the OpenAI store, and some of the announcements I covered above stole the show, numerous others flew under the radar. Here are some of them:

  • DALL-E Now in the API: DALL-E, the powerhouse of an image generation model, is now accessible via the OpenAI API. The doors are now open for creating richer and more interactive user experiences.
  • Code Intrepreator: This will enable the writing and execution of Python code within a secure environment within ChatGPT. A feature that can be a game changer for data analysis and complex coding needs.
  • Cost Reduction in GPT3.5 and 4: OpenAI slashed the costs of both GPT-3.5 and GPT-4, making them more attractive options for a wider range of developers to experiment with.

Summing it up

Here’s a rundown of all the exciting announcements made at OpenAI’s Dev Days inaugural developer conference. To put it simply, this event wasn’t just about groundbreaking announcements—it was a glimpse into the future of AI development.

With whispers of even more impressive advancements on the horizon, as hinted by Sam Altman, one thing’s for sure: the future of AI is bright, and OpenAI is hellbent on being at the forefront of this technology.

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