The rise of generative AI is relatively new and companies still need time to understand the technology, but leaders in the field are already thinking about the future. Recently, Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind and Inflection AI, said that the next phase after generative AI is interactive AI, an era in which machines themselves perform complex tasks by interacting with other AIs and even humans. Suleyman said this would allow people to not only receive information but also order tasks and services to be carried out on their behalf.
Generative AI is a type of AI technology that can generate various types of content, including text, images, audio, and synthetic data. Although the technology isn’t entirely new, it’s been making a big splash in recent months with new user interfaces that are easy to use and make it possible to create high-quality text, graphics and videos in seconds. All of this requires very little effort and allows the user to partially save money. These abilities have opened up completely new perspectives for various areas of human activity.
But for Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and CEO of Inflection AI, this is just the beginning. (He previously co-founded and led DeepMind, an AI company that was acquired by Google for $500 million in 2014.) In a recent interview with MIT Technology Review, Suleyman said that the next generation of AI tools is one Step will represent change in the history of our species. According to Suleyman, this new era will be that of “interactive AI,” where the capabilities of technology will increase tenfold and AI tools will be able to easily communicate with each other and perform tasks together.
“The first wave of AI was about classification. Deep learning has shown that we can train a program to classify different types of input data: images, video, audio, speech. We are now in the wave of generative AI systems. In this phase, this input data is taken and new data is created. The third wave will be the interactive phase. That’s why I’ve been betting for a long time that conversation is the interface of the future. You know, instead of clicking and tapping buttons, you’ll be talking to your AI,” Suleyman said. In his opinion, the use of AI will become even easier.
Suleyman says that with interactive AI, users can ask AI tools to perform tasks for them, and they can perform them by interacting with other humans or with other AIs. “This is a huge shift in what technology can do. This is a very, very profound moment in the history of technology that many people underestimate. Today technology is static. Roughly speaking, it does what you tell it to do. But now the technology needs to be animated. “In the future, technology will have the potential freedom to take action if you give it,” Suleyman said.
Basically, Suleyman says that instead of clicking or tapping buttons, users talk to their AI tools and prompt them to take action. “You simply give her an overarching overall goal and she will use every means at her disposal to achieve that goal. She will talk to other people, to other AIs. “It’s a real shift in the history of our species to create tools with this kind of impact,” he explained. Asked about the risks of autonomous AI, Suleyman said it is important to set limits on the technology and ensure that it is aligned with people’s interests.
Many critics believe that “generative AI” is somewhat misleading because these programs driven by large language models (LLMs) do not exhibit the same intelligence as humans or animals. But Suleyman believes interactive AI will be closer to artificial intelligence than what is often seen in science fiction media. However, Suleyman’s statements are met with criticism as some believe that the next wave he is talking about, that of interactive AI, is already a reality. In fact, OpenAI’s GPT-4 AI model can already perform tasks using other software.
GPT-4 offers advantages over traditional chatbot solutions. It has the ability to access the Internet. This update enables the template to use more than 70 third-party browser plugins, providing users with a wider range of features. According to OpenAI, access to the Internet allows GPT-4 to provide more accurate and timely answers, even on topics related to current events. By leveraging the wealth of information available online, the model can provide informed and insightful answers that incorporate the most current facts and statistics.
Integrating third-party browser plugins, including widely used platforms such as Slack, is expected to improve productivity with AI-based assistance. GPT-4’s capabilities are not significantly different from what Suleyman describes. However, GPT-4 is presented by OpenAI as a generative AI. Online, others accuse Suleyman of simply seeking visibility. “Mustafa Suleyman is more of an activist, more of a specialist in marketing (I have never seen a real practitioner so hungry for attention, book tours and media blitzes) and regulation,” the comments read.
“That guy again?” I know that Mustafa Suleyman has just published a new book, but his PR agency must be working overtime given all these meaningless statements in various articles. He left Google to start his own startup and is now trying to get the government to restrict independent AI research. There’s nothing altruistic about it,” another reviewer wrote. Suleyman once predicted that within the next five years, everyone will have AI assistants. His startup Inflection AI launched its own Pi AI chatbot in May, focused on personal advice and conversation.
According to analysts, we are currently witnessing the rise of generative AI tools that go beyond the chat interface popularized by ChatGPT last November. They believe the next wave of AI startups would allow developers to build applications using AI models and integrate them with external data sources. OpenAI also introduced a code interpretation feature for its chatbot in July, leading Wharton professor Ethan Mollick to say it was “the strongest argument yet for a future in which AI is a valuable companion for sophisticated knowledge work.”
Suleyman’s comments come amid concerns that the rise of generative AI is being overestimated. Although generative AI remains a multibillion-dollar industry that is transforming businesses, the hype surrounding the technology has fallen sharply recently. Traffic to ChatGPT’s website has declined for the third month in a row, while some ChatGPT competitors, including Jasper and Synthesia, have seen no or declining user growth.
Source: Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and CEO of Inflection AI
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