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OpenAI Unveils GPT-4o, a Multimodal AI Model Powering Enhanced ChatGPT

OpenAI has introduced GPT-4o, its latest flagship generative AI model capable of processing text, speech, and video. This “omni” model will be gradually integrated into OpenAI’s products over the coming weeks, enhancing capabilities across various modalities. GPT-4o significantly improves ChatGPT’s user experience, enabling real-time voice interaction with nuanced responses and emotive styles. Users can interrupt the chatbot, ask questions about images, and even translate menus in different languages. The model boasts enhanced multilingual performance, supporting around 50 languages. OpenAI emphasizes GPT-4o’s ease of use, aiming for a more natural and intuitive interaction with AI. GPT-4o is available in the free tier of ChatGPT and for ChatGPT Plus and Team subscribers, offering higher message limits and improved performance. The enhanced voice experience will be rolled out to Plus users in alpha within the next month. OpenAI also announced a redesigned ChatGPT interface with a conversational home screen, a dedicated macOS app, and expanded features for free users, including memory capabilities, file uploads, and web search functionality.

Google’s Project Starline to Launch in 2025 with HP Partnership

Google’s immersive 3D video conferencing platform, Project Starline, is slated for commercial release in 2025 through a partnership with HP. The platform aims to create a more realistic and engaging conferencing experience, making participants feel as if they are in the same room. Google is also working to integrate Starline with popular video conferencing services like Zoom and Google Meet, expanding its accessibility and potential applications. While specific details about the commercial launch remain limited, Google plans to provide further information later this year. The demand for Starline in a post-pandemic world where many companies are returning to in-office work remains to be seen. However, Google’s previous partnerships with companies like WeWork, T-Mobile, and Salesforce suggest potential interest in the technology for office-to-office virtual conferences.

Microsoft Makes Historic €4 Billion Investment in France’s AI Future

At the Choose France summit, Microsoft announced its largest-ever investment in France, totaling €4 billion. This initiative, spanning cloud infrastructure, AI skilling, and startup acceleration, aims to solidify France’s position as a global leader in artificial intelligence. The investment will expand Microsoft’s data center presence in Paris and Marseille, with a new campus planned for the Grand Est region. By the end of 2025, up to 25,000 advanced GPUs will be operational in France, providing the computing power needed for AI development. Microsoft is also committed to training 1 million people in France by 2027, equipping them with essential AI skills. This includes programs for job seekers, students, and professionals, delivered through partnerships with organizations like France Travail and Simplon. Furthermore, Microsoft will accelerate the growth of 2,500 French AI startups by 2027 through its “Microsoft GenAI Studio” program. This initiative provides startups with access to AI expertise, cloud credits, and collaborative opportunities. This comprehensive investment reflects Microsoft’s dedication to responsible AI development, environmental sustainability, and fostering a thriving digital ecosystem in France.