Microsoft executive hints at imminent release of GPT-4 with “multimodal” capabilities


GPT-4, a new language model from OpenAI, might be coming as soon as next week and will support video features, a senior Microsoft executive said at an event in Germany.

“We will introduce GPT-4 next week,” Microsoft Germany CTO Andreas Braun said “rather casually” at an artificial intelligence (AI) event on March 9, according to German news outlet Heise.

“There we will have multimodal models that will offer completely different possibilities – for example, videos,” he said.

Braun also said the technology had come so far that it “works in all languages,” noting that users could ask a question in German and get an answer in Italian. Multimodality will make these models “comprehensive,” he said.

While Braun did not elaborate further, his remarks raised expectations that GPT-4 will be capable of either generating videos or interacting with users in images and sounds rather than just via text input – or perhaps both.

Cybernews has reached out to Microsoft for comment.

GPT-4 is a new language model from OpenAI, a Microsoft-backed company. It is promised to generate responses that sound more like natural human speech and do it faster than its predecessors.

GPT-4 will advance the technology used by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a viral chatbot based on GPT-3.5.

Senior Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi said earlier that the company’s Bing Chat “is running on a new, next-generation OpenAI large language model that is more powerful than ChatGPT,” suggesting it might already have GPT-4 integration.


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