GPT-4o: Free GPT-4 for All Unveiled in OpenAI’s Spring Update

K. C. Sabreena Basheer 13 May, 2024 • 3 min read

OpenAI’s Spring Update event is abuzz with excitement as Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati revealed three new updates. Firstly, she announced the much-awaited GPT-4o, promising enhanced text, visual, and audio capabilities to ChatGPT. The second update revealed a desktop version of the model with an improved UI/UX design. Saving the best part for the end, Murati announced that this new model would be made available to all users worldwide, for free! Let us take you to the details of these new updates and what they mean to the AI community.

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OpenAI Spring Update: GPT-4o

GPT-4o: Faster and Free

In a revolutionary move, OpenAI introduced GPT-4o, a new flagship model set to drastically impact the AI landscape. Murati emphasized its accelerated processing capabilities, positioning it as a superior successor to its predecessor, GPT-4. What’s more, unlike previous releases, GPT-4o is freely accessible to all users, democratizing access to advanced AI technologies.

Enhanced Multimodal Capabilities

One of the standout features of GPT-4o is its integration of voice, text, and vision functionalities. Murati highlighted its ability to reason across multiple modalities, paving the way for more immersive and intuitive interactions. This advancement would redefine the user experience, making interactions with AI more natural and seamless than ever before.

The enhanced GPT model is 50% cheaper and yet twice as fast as compared to GPT-4 Turbo. Moreover, it comes with 5 times higher rate limits.

chatGPT updates announced at OpenAI's Spring Update

Real-time Responsiveness

GPT-4o enhances the ChatGPT experience to a whole new level with real-time responsiveness. Although ChatGPT offers a voice mode using a text-to-speech model, GPT-4o elevates this interaction, enabling users to engage with ChatGPT more fluidly, similar to an assistant.

For instance, users can pose a question to ChatGPT, now fueled by GPT-4o, and interrupt its response seamlessly. OpenAI highlights that the model ensures real-time responsiveness and can even discern the emotional tone in users’ voices. This way, it is able to generate responses in various emotive styles.

Moreover, GPT-4o bolsters ChatGPT’s visual capabilities. Presented with an image or a desktop screen, ChatGPT can swiftly provide relevant answers to queries. This could span from interpreting software code to identifying apparel brands in photographs.

ChatGPT-4o coding skills through voice

Democratizing AI Access

By making GPT-4o available to all users, OpenAI is leveling the playing field in the AI arena. Previously, cutting-edge models like GPT-4 were restricted to paid users, limiting access to transformative technologies. With GPT-4o, OpenAI is empowering a broader community of users to harness the power of AI for various applications, from text generation to image analysis. Moreover, the new model will be available in 50 different languages, enhancing its reach and availability.

OpenAI has also announced that ChatGPT will no longer require signups and will have the new memory feature made available to all users.  However, paid users get 5x the capacity for searches as free users. All of these features will also be available in the API, letting developers use the enhanced capabilities of GPT-4o in their projects.

Expanding Ecosystem

Alongside the unveiling of GPT-4o, OpenAI announced a series of initiatives aimed at expanding its ecosystem. This includes the release of a desktop version of ChatGPT and a refreshed user interface, designed to enhance the collaboration between users and AI models. By prioritizing user experience and accessibility, OpenAI is cementing its position as a leader in the AI landscape. The decision to expand it’s user base also means providing a larger audience for its GPT store.

Our Say

OpenAI’s Spring Update event marks a significant milestone in the evolution of AI technology. With the introduction of GPT-4o and initiatives to broaden access and usability, OpenAI is driving innovation and democratizing AI for all. In the coming weeks, OpenAI will begin rolling out these new updates globally. As we look to the future, the possibilities of AI are limitless, and OpenAI is at the forefront of shaping that future for the better.

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