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The company announced today that OpenAI will host its developer conference – its first ever – on November 6th.

At the one-day OpenAI DevDay event, which will include a keynote address and breakout sessions led by members of the OpenAI technical staff, OpenAI said in a blog post that it will preview “new tools and share ideas” — but left the rest to imagination.

News of GPT-5, the assumed name for OpenAI’s next major generative AI model, is unlikely — OpenAI CEO Sam Altman confirmed in April that OpenAI was not training GPT-5 and “won’t be doing it for some time”. But we may learn more about OpenAI’s plans for Global Illumination, the AI ​​design studio it acquired in August, and an update on the availability of image-understanding capabilities for GPT-4. (While GPT-4, OpenAI’s current flagship model, can technically analyze and interpret images, OpenAI is reported to be hampering image processing capabilities due to concerns about privacy issues.)

This reporter wouldn’t be surprised to see new AI-generated watermarking technologies either, with concerns about misleading and plagiarized AI-generated content growing widespread. OpenAI recently pulled its internal tool for AI-generated text detection due to poor performance; Maybe we’ll get some kind of back on DevDay.

Although DevDay will be largely in-person, portions of the conference, including the keynote address, will be streamed online. OpenAI says registration will open in the coming weeks, with attendance capped at “hundreds” of developers.

“We look forward to showcasing our latest work to enable developers to build new things,” Altman said in a ready statement.

Why host a developer day? In the blog post, OpenAI states that its developer community is large enough to warrant this. More than two million developers use the startup’s generative AI toolkit, including GPT-4 large language models, ChatGPT, DALL-E 2 text-to-image model, and Whisper automatic speech recognition model.

Developer conferences are also a marketing opportunity. OpenAI seeks to win business.

While ChatGPT has achieved worldwide fame, OpenAI — backed by billions in venture capital from Microsoft and major venture capital players — allegedly spent over $540 million last year developing it, including money it used to poach talent from the likes of Google and Meta, According to the info.

The company appears to be on a path to profitability — it reportedly could generate $1 billion in revenue next year — but with competition intensifying and the cost of AI hardware skyrocketing, OpenAI cannot rest on its laurels.

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