OpenAI has introduced a ChatGPT app for iOS, allowing users to sync conversations, use their voices to ask questions, and generally enjoy the latest features right from your iPhone.
Here are the key features of the ChatGPT app for iOS:
- Free to use
- Syncs your user history across all devices where you’ve also installed it
- Enables voice inputs through integration with Whisper – OpenAI’s speech recognition system
The roll out of the ChatGPT app for iPhone will commence in the United States then get to other countries in the weeks ahead.
Announcing the release through a blog post, OpenAI said many users have been giving feedback that they would like to use ChatGPT on the go and therefore this release is meant to honor the wishes of the users.
What about ChatGPT for Android users? It’s on the way. To quote OpenAI, “You’re next! ChatGPT will be coming to your devices soon.”
With this new release, OpenAI continues to set the pace in what is quickly becoming a hotly competitive AI space.
Hundreds of millions of people are already using ChatGPT around the world, and new features are constantly streaming in at lightning speed.
In April 2023, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT plugins in Alpha mode, enabling a select group of users to test them and give important feedback to spur improvement. In May 2023, the plugins capabilities moved to beta, allowing all users in the Plus plan to experiment and equally give valuable feedback.
The new ChatGPT app for iPhone will function similarly to Siri and Alexa but with some key differences due to the unique nature of OpenAI’s language model. Siri is Apple’s digital assistant while Alexa is Amazon’s assistant.
These assistants are designed to follow voice commands and respond to them accordingly. They can set reminders, provide weather forecasts, play music, send messages, answer queries, and control smart home devices, among many other tasks.
However,both Siri and Alexa operate based on specific command-response models, often requiring structured inputs or specific command phrases to perform their functions. Their conversational ability is primarily transactional in nature, i.e., based on you issuing a command and them carrying it out.
The ChatGPT app aims to take this a step further. While it can perform functions similar to Siri or Alexa, like answering queries or providing information, its primary strength lies in its conversational abilities. ChatGPT is designed to have a more free-flowing, context-aware conversation, able to understand nuanced language, idiom, and cultural references, making it a more engaging and interactive conversational partner.
While you can use your voice to ask questions, the ChatGPT app will only answer in text for now.
Around the world, billions of people use the iPhone and OpenAI will be hoping to ride on this massive number of users to intensify the popularity of its Artificial Intelligence platform.
The Large Language Models that power chatbots like ChatGPT are trained on massive amounts of data from the internet and elsewhere. In other words this is information that is already available, and therefore what the chatbot does is to give the information in a presentable and orderly manner based on the questions a user asks.
Over time, these AI tools should be able to become better.
Critics and experts have raised fears about the risk of Artificial Intelligence tools becoming dangerous if they reach a pit where they get more intelligence than human beings.
Geoffrey Hinton, popularly referred to as the godfather of AI, has observed that AI could easily overtake human intelligence and this poses a great danger. Meanwhile the CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, has advised the US government to prepare ground to regulate Artificial Intelligence in order to avoid potential negative effects.