GPT-4o – AI Companion Revolutionizing Human-Machine Interaction


The «o» in GPT-4o stands for «omni,» signifying the model’s versatility and multifaceted capabilities. Unlike its predecessors, GPT-4o is not limited to text-based interactions; it can now seamlessly process and respond to a wide range of inputs, including images, audio, and even video.

It may have much more capability as a tutor – or more likely as a personal research assistant.

As MIT Technology Review says the big picture is, the company’s demonstration suggests, «a conversational assistant much in the vein of Siri or Alexa—but capable of fielding much more complex prompts.»

But none of this is game changing. What is new is the business model. Although the increasingly outdated ChatGPT, based on GPT3.5 is free to users, ChatGPT4 which is the basis for the new model, costs 20 Euro a month. Now this is being provided for free. And for education which is concerned with access and equity allowing all to participate free use is a game changer.

One of the most impressive features of GPT-4o is its lightning-fast response time. Compared to previous versions of ChatGPT, the new model can now react to voice commands with a speed of just 320 milliseconds, making the interaction feel as natural and fluid as a conversation between two humans.

But the advancements don’t stop there. GPT-4o has also been trained to understand and convey emotions, allowing it to engage in more nuanced and empathetic dialogues. The model can now modulate its tone, use different intonations, and even incorporate a touch of melody, creating a more lifelike and engaging experience for users.

«The future we envisioned in films like ‘Her’ is no longer a distant dream,» said the lead developer at OpenAI. «With GPT-4o, we’re taking a significant step towards bridging the gap between artificial intelligence and human-like interaction.»

Beyond its conversational prowess, GPT-4o has also demonstrated impressive capabilities in other areas, such as video analysis and code generation. The model can now transcribe and summarize video content, as well as assist users in writing and debugging computer programs.

«GPT-4o is not just a language model; it’s a versatile tool that can enhance our daily lives in countless ways,» the developer continued. «From language learning to task automation, this model has the potential to revolutionize how we interact with technology.»

The rollout of GPT-4o will be gradual, with a select group of trusted partners gaining access in the coming weeks. By June, the model will be available to paid subscribers, followed by a wider public release in the near future.

What other AI features GPT-4o suggests?

Better vision capabilities and multilingual support

IGPT-4o can also answer questions about photos and desktop screenshots. These may be similar to ones you’d ask Meta/Ray-Ban’s Smart Glasses or the Humane AI pin — something like «What brand of pants are these?» — but are potentially more complex, such as explaining a block of app code, or translating a restaurant menu. OpenAI says that down the road, 4o may be capable of even more complicated tasks, such as watching live sports and explaining the rules involved.

Related to vision are improved multilingual functions. 4o is claimed to have better performance across 50 different languages, with an API twice as fast as the one for GPT-4 Turbo.

You can create images with readable text

Generating images with legible text has long been a weak point of AI, but GPT-4o appears more capable in this regard. Text can not only be legible, but arranged in creative ways, such as typewriter pages, a movie poster, or using poetic typography. It also appears to be adept at emulating handwriting, to the point that some prompts might create images indistinguishable from real human output.

You can even ask 4o to include doodles in the margins.

Native Mac and Windows apps

ChatGPT app for macOS

Aside from the web version of ChatGPT, there’s now a dedicated Mac app with keyboard shortcut and screenshot support, currently restricted to Plus subscribers. A Windows app should be available by the end of 2024. It could be that OpenAI isn’t in a rush to put a first-party client in Windows 11 — GPT is, after all, the foundation of Copilot, and Microsoft probably doesn’t want its integrated Windows tech upstaged.

Everyone can access GPT-4o for free

In a way, this may actually be the biggest advancement. OpenAI has traditionally gated the most cutting-edge versions of GPT, but 4o is free to every ChatGPT user from the start. The main limitations are on real-time voice conversation — which is being restricted to Plus subscribers, once it actually rolls out — and the number of prompts you can use. ChatGPT Plus and Team subscribers get five times the amount of prompts, which matters a great deal, since conversations revert to GPT-3.5 once your prompt limit is hit.

As the world eagerly anticipates the arrival of this groundbreaking technology, one thing is certain: the future of artificial intelligence has never looked brighter. With GPT-4o, OpenAI has set a new standard for what’s possible in the realm of human-machine interaction.

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