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In a surprising new development, OpenAI has released a ChatGPT app for iOS users. The on-the-go app syncs users’ conversations, and supports voice input, alongside other new improvements. Sadly, Android users will have to wait. “P.S. Andriod users, you’re next!,” said OpenAI, in its blog post, saying that ChatGPT will be coming to Google’s devices soon.
OpenAI said that the app is free to use and syncs users’ history across devices. It has also integrated Whisper, an open-source, multilingual speech recognition system, which enables voice input. The company said that the ChatGPT Plus subscribers will be getting exclusive access to GPT-4’s capabilities, alongside early access to new features and faster response times, all on iOS.
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Currently, the company said that it is planning to roll out in the US, and slowly will be expanding it to other countries in the coming weeks.
Google, the creator of Bard, is catching up with ChatGPT once again. The company at the recent I/O conference announced a series of updates for Bard, including the integration with Search, PaLM 2 update, etc. But, it is yet to launch a mobile app. Again, who knows? They might still have a chance to launch a Bard app on Android ahead of OpenAI.
This new development comes against the backdrop of regulatory challenges that many AI companies are facing across geographies, including the recent US Senate discussion, where the OpenAI chief shared his concerns about the technology, and how government and companies should come together to regulate them. This move by Altman has been raising eyebrows in the open-source community, calling this a manipulative move, culling new innovations and using them for personal benefit. Read: Has OpenAI Lost the Open Race?
On the other hand, the European Parliament has implemented stringent AI regulations. This includes bans on biometric surveillance, emotion recognition, and predictive policing AI systems, alongside tailor-made regimes for general-purpose AI and foundational models like GPT, and others. India, on the other hand, has nothing in place yet. Read: India Backs Off on AI Regulation, But Why?
However, the Indian government is now waking up and is considering a regulatory framework for AI-enabled platforms like ChatGPT, including areas related to algorithmic bias and copyrights.