The OpenAI company launched, on the 1er February, a paid version of its chatbot ChatGPT. Called ChatGPT Plus, the service is currently reserved for the United States and accessible on a waiting list. For 20 monthly dollars (about 18 euros), it gives access to an accelerated version of the robot, answering questions more quickly. It is also accessible at any time, when its free counterpart is often saturated by millions of connections, to the point of being sometimes blocked.
Two months after its release, ChatGPT is attracting interest from the media and technology worlds: Buzzfeed intends to work with OpenAI and, above all, Microsoft, one of its historical shareholders, has provided new funding of 10 billion dollars. .
Windows developer has integrated since 2021 two OpenAI tools in its software catalog: an aid for writing computer code based on GPT-3, and, within its Microsoft Designer software (currently accessible on the waiting list), a code generator images based on Dall-E. According to The Information site and the Bloomberg news agency, Microsoft is now working to integrate ChatGPT into its Bing search engine, in order to improve its natural language responses. As the boss of OpenAI Sam Altman himself points out, this conversational robot is however far from being reliable: in December, he explained that “it would be a mistake to use it for anything important”.
“Red alert” at Google
According to a study by the bank UBS, ChatGPT would have been used by one hundred million people during the month of January, which would make the service “to the fastest growth in the history of the Internet”. Sundar Pitchai, Google boss, himself admitted this during a meeting with his employees two weeks after the launch of ChatGPT: 2023 could be a ” inflection point “ for the use of textual artificial intelligences (AI) intended for Internet research.
Questioned on this occasion by employees who wondered about “missed opportunity” to launch a competitor to ChatGPT in the colors of Google, Sundar Pitchai defended himself by recalling that a conversational robot represented a significant reputational risk for a large company, stressing that Google had to be maneuvered more cautiously than a start-up like OpenAI.
In a survey published on January 31, the CNBC television channel reveals, however, that the American company is currently testing a conversational robot similar to ChatGPT called “apprentice bard”, or “apprentice bard”.
According to CNBC, Google is testing the performance of this tool against ChatGPT and studying, on the home page of its search engine, the best place to include an area in which to write questions to the robot. According to New York Timesthe appearance of ChatGPT prompted Google management to issue a “red alert” symbolizing imminent danger to its business model.
Detect AI-generated assignments
While waiting for a possible conversational robot with the Google logo, OpenAI continues to work to make its own more consensual. This includes the publication of a tool for detecting texts created by AI, in order to put out the biggest fire that ChatGPT has lit so far: the appearance of assignments generated by AI in classes and universities, arousing an outcry in the teaching body, even in the lecture halls of Sciences Po, which prohibits its use under penalty of exclusion.
OpenAI’s detection tool, after being fed text, rates the likelihood of it being AI-generated on a scale of 1 to 5. The company cautions, however, that its detection capabilities aren’t perfect: some texts are not identified, and others are erroneously reported. In addition, this tool, currently designed to identify texts written in English, works best on those with more than 1,000 words.
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