OpenAI will hold its first developer conference on November 6

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OpenAI will host a developer conference on November 6 – its first ever – the company announced today.

At the one-day OpenAI DevDay event, which will feature keynotes and breakout sessions led by members of OpenAI’s technical staff, OpenAI said in a blog post that it will preview “new tools and exchange ideas” — but leave the rest to the imagination.

News of GPT-5, the speculated name of OpenAI’s next flagship generative AI model, is unlikely — OpenAI CEO Sam Altman confirmed in April that OpenAI does not offer GPT-5 training and “will not for some time.” But we can learn more about OpenAI’s plans for Global Illumination, the AI ​​Design Studio acquired in August, and an update on the availability of GPT-4’s image understanding capabilities. (GPT-4, OpenAI’s current flagship model, can technically analyze and interpret images, while OpenAI has held back image-processing capabilities for fear of privacy issues.)

This reporter would not be surprised to see new techniques for watermarking AI-generated content, as fears of misinformed, stolen AI-generated content are on the rise. OpenAI recently pulled its in-house tool for AI-generated text detection due to poor performance; Maybe we get some kind of successor in Devde.

Devde will be a largely in-person affair, while parts of the conference, including the keynote address, will be streamed online. Registration will open in the coming weeks, with attendance limited to “hundreds” of developers, OpenAI says.

“We’re excited to show off our latest work to enable developers to create new things,” Altman said in a canned statement.

Why Host a Developer Day? In a blog post, OpenAI makes the case that its developer community is large enough to support it. More than 2 million developers use the startup’s range of generative AI tools, including the large language GPT-4 and ChatGPT, the text-to-image model DALL-E 2, and the automatic speech recognition model Whisper.

Developer conferences are also marketing opportunities. And OpenAI is looking for a commercial win.

While ChatGPT has gained global fame, OpenAI — backed by billions in venture capital from Microsoft and major VC players — reportedly spent $540 million developing it last year, including funds used to acquire talent from the likes of Google and Meta. Information.

The company appears to be well on its way to profitability — according to reports, it could hit $1 billion in revenue next year — but with competition increasing and AI hardware prices skyrocketing, OpenAI can’t rest on its laurels.

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