Microsoft-backed OpenAI starts release of powerful AI known as GPT-4
CALIFORNIA: The startup OpenAI on Tuesday said it is beginning to release a powerful artificial intelligence model known as GPT-4, setting the stage for human-like technology to proliferate and more competition between its backer Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
OpenAI, which created the chatbot sensation ChatGPT, said in a blog post that its latest technology is “multimodal,” meaning images as well as text prompts can spur it to generate content. The text-input feature will be available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers and to software developers, with a waitlist, while the image-input ability remains a preview of its research.
The highly-anticipated launch signals how office workers may turn to ever-improving AI for still more tasks, as well as how technology companies are locked in competition to win business from such advances.
Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday announced a “magic wand” for its collaboration software that can draft virtually any document, days before Microsoft is expected to showcase AI for its competing Word processor, likely powered by OpenAI. A Microsoft executive also said that GPT-4 is helping power its Bing search engine.
OpenAI’s latest technology in some cases represented a vast improvement on a prior version known as GPT-3.5, it said. In a simulation of the bar exam required of US law school graduates before professional practice, the new model scored around the top 10 percent of test takers, versus the older model ranking around the bottom 10 percent, OpenAI said.
While the two versions can appear similar in casual conversation, “the difference comes out when the complexity of the task reaches a sufficient threshold,” OpenAI said, noting “GPT-4 is more reliable, creative, and able to handle much more nuanced instructions.”
An online demonstration of the technology by Greg Brockman, OpenAI’s president, showed it could take a photo of a hand-drawn mock-up for a simple website and create a real website based on it. GPT-4 also could help individuals calculate their taxes, the demonstration showed.
Sam Altman, OpenAI’s chief executive, on Twitter called GPT-4 its model “most capable and aligned” with human values and intent, though “it is still flawed.”
GPT-4 is 82 percent less likely to respond to requests for disallowed content than its predecessor and scores 40 percent higher on certain tests of factuality, the company said. Inaccurate responses known as “hallucinations” have been a challenge for many AI programs.
Microsoft stands to benefit from GPT-4’s adoption, said Rishi Jaluria, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets.
The software maker not only is integrating OpenAI’s latest technology into its products: its Azure cloud is powering usage of OpenAI just as budget-conscious businesses are scrutinizing IT spend in an uncertain economy, he said.
“Whenever a company uses this piece of technology,” Jaluria said, “those workloads go through Microsoft Azure, and I think this is coming at a very critical time.”
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iOS 16.4—Apple Just Gave iPhone Users 33 Reasons To Update Now
Apple’s iOS 16.4 upgrade is finally here, along with a bunch of brilliant new iPhone features. There are also important security reasons to update to iOS 16.4, because the latest iPhone upgrade fixes 33 vulnerabilities, some of which are serious.
Apple doesn’t give much detail about what’s fixed in iOS 16.4, to give as many people the opportunity to update before attackers can get hold of the details.
The iOS 16.4 upgrade fixes two flaws in the Kernel at the heart of the iPhone operating system tracked as CVE-2023-27969 and CVE-2023-27933 that could allow an attacker to execute code. A Sandbox issue tracked as CVE-2023-28178 could allow an app to bypass Privacy preferences, according to Apple’s support page.
Other issues fixed in iOS 16.4 include two vulnerabilities in WebKit, the engine that powers the iPhone maker’s Safari browser. Overall, iOS 16.4 fixes 33 security vulnerabilities in 32 iPhone components, making it the biggest update in a while.
Reasons to update to iOS 16.4
Apple’s last iPhone update—the iOS 16.3.1 upgrade issued in February—was an emergency fix for issues already being used in attacks.
None of the flaws fixed in iOS 16.4 have been used in real life attacks yet, according to Apple, but given the amount of issues, it still makes sense to update as soon as possible.
Apple also released iOS 15.7.4 and iPadOS 15.7.4 for users of older devices.
Experts say some of the bugs fixed in iOS 16.4 could be chained together to form more effective attacks. While the iOS 16.4 security fixes aren’t particularly worrying, it is possible to chain vulnerabilities together to gain root level access to the device, says independent security researcher Sean Wright.
However, Wright concedes that this is a lot harder to do remotely. “Most of the vulnerabilities are either privacy related or require local access—for example installing a malicious app making remote exploitation a lot more difficult.”
At the same time, Kernel level vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 16.4 make Apple’s latest update important, says Wright.
While you don’t need to panic, the issues fixed in iOS 16.4 make updating to the latest iPhone software a priority. You know what to do—go to your Settings > General > Software Update and upgrade to iOS 16.4 now to keep your iPhone safe.
Work: Closure of one lane of the St-Jean Boulevard ramp from Highway 40 Est
The City of Pointe-Claire would like to inform you that due to private work, one lane of the St-Jean Boulevard southbound ramp from the Felix-Leclerc Highway West service road will be closed between Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, May 31, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., due to work.
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