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The Latest in ChatGPT, OpenAI, Stability AI, and More - AI News This Week

Author: Matt WolfeTime: 2024-01-28 23:30:00

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The One-Year Anniversary of ChatGPT and OpenAI Drama

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of ChatGPT. ChatGPT was first released by OpenAI on November 30, 2022. In just one year, the capabilities of ChatGPT have expanded tremendously. It now includes features like a mobile app, code interpretation, DALL-E integration, voice capabilities, and much more. It's incredible how far chatbots have advanced in such a short time.

The one-year anniversary comes amidst some OpenAI corporate drama. Sam Altman has officially returned as CEO after temporarily stepping down last week. Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever have also resumed their previous roles. There is still some intrigue around the rumored 'q*r' breakthrough model that supposedly has groundbreaking capabilities for advanced math and encryption. Altman did not confirm or deny its existence in a recent interview.

Sam Altman Returns as OpenAI CEO

Sam Altman is back as CEO of OpenAI after temporarily resigning last week. Greg Brockman has also returned as President and Ilya Sutskever as CTO. Altman acknowledged in a blog post that OpenAI needs more diverse governance and intends to build a more diverse board. One new addition to the board will be a non-voting observer from Microsoft. This will allow Microsoft visibility into OpenAI's plans after being caught off-guard by the launch of ChatGPT.

Delay of the OpenAI GPT Store

OpenAI announced this week that the launch of the GPT Store is being pushed back to early 2023. It was originally expected to launch this month but OpenAI said 'a few unexpected things have been keeping us busy.', likely referring to the recent corporate drama. The GPT store would allow public access to GPT-3 and future models through a simple interface and business model. The delay likely results from the chaos of leadership changes in recent weeks.

Stability AI Turmoil and New Real-Time Image Generator

While OpenAI's drama appears to be settling down, new turmoil is emerging at Stability AI. Major investor MPI demanded the resignation of Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque in a letter last month. However, Mostaque claims 'we have never reached out to anyone to be acquired.'

Stability AI continues innovating despite the boardroom battles. This week they launched SD-XL Turbo, a real-time text-to-image generator. It's unclear if it uses their LCM technology or a new model called Adversarial Diffusion Distillation. In any case, it can create detailed images directly from text prompts in real time.

Advancements in AI Image Upscaling

Two impressive new AI image upscalers were revealed this week. Javier Lopez's new Magnific AI tool can upscale images while adding additional details and creativity. It significantly enhances image quality, especially for faces and textures.

Kaa AI also launched an upscaling feature this week called Upscale and Enhance. It allows users to increase image resolution while adding natural details, similar to Magnific. These new upscalers produce stunning improvements in image quality.

DALL-E 3 Integration with Microsoft Paint

Microsoft rolled out DALL-E 3 capabilities directly within Microsoft Paint. Users can now click the 'Co-create' button to generate AI images through DALL-E prompts. It then inserts the images into Paint for further editing and modification.

Each user gets a limited number of credits to generate images. It's an easy way for casual users to access advanced AI art generation features right within a familiar application.

Amazon’s New Internal Company AI Assistant

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Q, an AI assistant designed for internal use at companies. It leverages all of a company's data to help employees get answers to questions, solve problems, generate content, and take action.

The AI assistant is trained on the company's unique data and institutional knowledge. It acts as an easily accessible repository for a company's expertise to improve workplace productivity.

Chinese Court Rules AI Art Can Be Copyrighted

A court in China made a landmark ruling that AI-generated images can be protected by copyright. The court stated that because humans set the parameters and select the final images, the output reflects creative expression.

This contrasts with US copyright law which has thus far denied protections to AI art due to lack of direct human authorship. The Chinese ruling makes more sense, as significant human time, effort and creativity often goes into creating AI images.


Q: When was ChatGPT launched?
A: ChatGPT was launched by OpenAI on November 30, 2022, marking its one-year anniversary this week.

Q: Is Sam Altman returning as OpenAI CEO?
A: Yes, Sam Altman has been officially reinstated as OpenAI's CEO after temporarily stepping down last week.

Q: What new real-time image generator did Stability AI release?
A: Stability AI introduced SDXL Turbo this week, a new real-time text-to-image generation model.

Q: What new AI image upscaling tools were released?
A: This week saw the release of Magnific, an AI image upscaler by Jav Lopez, and Upscale and Enhance by Kaa.

Q: Where can you try DALL-E 3 for free?
A: DALL-E 3 is now integrated into Microsoft Paint in Windows, available to try for free with credits.

Q: What is Amazon's new internal company AI tool?
A: Amazon launched Amazon Q, an AI designed to leverage all of a company's data to answer employee questions and assist with tasks.

Q: Can AI art be copyrighted in China?
A: Yes, a Beijing court ruled this week that AI-generated images can be copyrighted in China if they reflect human creative input.