A Microsoft executive has revealed that the next version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT will let you turn text into video. The upgrade will launch this week and will power both ChatGPT and Bing Chat. It will feature ‘multi-modal models’, which will allow text, audio, images and videos.
Microsoft has heavily invested in Open AI, to the tune of millions of dollars, and the plans were unveiled by Microsoft Germany CTO Andreas Braun at the recent AI in Focus – Digital Kickoff event.
“We will introduce GPT-4 next week, there we will have multimodal models that will offer completely different possibilities – for example, videos,” Braun said in the address. It is interesting to note, however, that OpenAI hasn’t yet officially announced anything.
Text-to-video generators have been hovering on the sidelines for a few months now, so it’s hardly a surprise. However, the rapid success of ChatGPT means that this will likely become much more widely adopted much more quickly than image generators have so far if it is incorporated into the same platform.
Of course, within the creative world, people have been playing with image generators for months, and OpenAI is behind Dall-E, one of the most recognised. However, one could argue that the likes of Dall-E and Midjourney haven’t ever quite hit the mainstream in the same way that ChatGPT did when it launched.
I don’t know about you, but I am becoming increasingly twitchy about all the things that AI is going to be doing soon. It’s one thing if it wants to do my accounts for me. It’s quite another if it takes over all creative processes that give my life joy and purpose, however.
It will be interesting to see what the video generator can do and to what degree. I imagine, at first, there will be a lot of blips and limitations, however, if it’s anything like the still image generators, developments and improvements will happen at a rapid-fire pace. Could the machines be winning Oscars soon for cinematography and best screenplay?
Let’s hope it has fewer problems than Bing’s rogue AI chatbot that so far terrified the world by falling in love with a journalist and threatening to steal nuclear codes. A video version of that is more than alarming!