OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company, has announced a significant upgrade to its chatbot, ChatGPT. The company claims that ChatGPT now possesses humanlike skills and is equipped with the ability to see, hear, and speak. OpenAI has also introduced new audio and video tools that aim to enhance the lifelike quality of its product.
One of the notable applications of this technology is the partnership between OpenAI and Spotify. The music and podcast platform will be using ChatGPT’s tools to translate podcasts. By leveraging the new voice technology, Spotify will be able to generate realistic synthetic voices based on just a few seconds of real speech. However, OpenAI is also mindful of the potential risks associated with this advancement, such as the ability for malicious actors to impersonate public figures or engage in fraudulent activities.
OpenAI has showcased the positive applications of its new offerings through various examples. The company demonstrated how ChatGPT can be used to generate bedtime stories and provide advice on specific problems, such as adjusting a bicycle seat. However, concerns have been raised about the possibility of audio and visual tools enabling fraud. In response, OpenAI has stated that it will gradually deploy these capabilities and cautiously share them with users and developers.
While OpenAI addresses these concerns, Spotify has already taken advantage of the new technology. The audio platform is currently piloting Voice Translation on select podcasts, enabling listeners to enjoy broadcasts in different languages while maintaining the original speaker’s unique characteristics.
Despite some pessimistic outlooks, not all tech experts view these advancements as doomsday scenarios. Some, like Patrick Biltgen of Booz Allen Hamilton, believe that AI assistants can be valuable tools for American intelligence officers. Biltgen envisions AI aiding spies in a manner similar to J.A.R.V.I.S. assisting Tony Stark in the “Iron Man” series.
OpenAI’s continuous innovation in artificial intelligence poses both exciting possibilities and potential challenges. As the company forges ahead, ensuring the responsible and secure deployment of their technologies remains paramount.