Apple Has Decided To Shock Everyone With Its Own Version Of ChatGPT
Apple is currently testing generative AI concepts that could one day be applied to Siri, despite all the fundamental issues on Siri, with the way the virtual assistant is built, the New York Times reports. The latest GPT 4 chatbot officially debuted yesterday, as OpenAI’s follow-up to the initial of their public launch of the technology in December.
Following that launch, a news reporter from The New York Times goes in-depth on how these Virtual assistants, have “lost the AI race.”
Employees were briefed on Apple’s next large move, which was their large language model and other AI tools at the company’s annual AI summit, the large language models can’t be meant for implementation on their Virtual assistant yet as there are two separate flavors of Virtual assistants.
The ones taking the modern days by storm like ChatGPT are known as Chatbots based on Large Language Models, and apple is now trying to implement this system on their Virtual assistant that came out long before this and depends on a system that is nowhere near the power that chatbots based on this language model hold.
Apple engineers including members of the Siri team have reportedly been testing language-generation concepts “every week” in response to the sudden rise of Chatbots including ChatGPT by open AI.
This next Gen technology has highlighted how Siri, Alexa, and other voice assistants like Google have squandered their lead in the AI race and have given their leadership position to the future of technology, which is these AI chatbots. Siri has faced many roadblocks toward meaningful improvements in its time.
Speaking to the New York Times, Former Apple Engineer John Burkey, who worked on Siri and was made responsible for improving it in 2014, explained that the voice assistant is not built on perfect code, but rather a “Clunky code that took weeks to update with basic features.”
And that its cumbersome design made it difficult for engineers to add new features. Let’s take Siri’s Data Base for example, it contains a large list of phrases in almost two dozen languages making it one big snowball. If someone wanted to add a word to Siri’s database, Burkey further said, “it goes in one big pile.”
This phrase initially indicates that if you were ever required to apply a simple update like adding new phrases to the data set requires rebuilding the entire Siri database, which could take up to six weeks.
Adding more complicated features like new search tools takes up to a whole year. As a result, there was no way for Siri to become a “creative assistant” like ChatGPT has been made to be, Burkey exclaims.
The report doesn’t possess a detailed approach on the subject of what the future holds for Siri, or how is Apple going to rectify the mistakes made by them in the past. The report does point out that Apple held its internal AI summit for employees last month, as previously reported by Bloomberg.
The report further explains that Apple engineers have been “testing language-generating concepts every week.” This includes engineers on the Siri team. However, this is where the details stop and there aren’t any further details on the topic.
Earlier this week, ChatGPT unveiled GPT-4 which is the next-generation AI engine. It has the ability of more accurate responses than GPT-3.5, which was used before GPT-4 debuted.
Last week, Digi Times reported that the growing hype of generative AI due to ChatGPT has motivated a re-evaluation of the steps taken to develop the technology of major companies like Apple, Meta, and Amazon.
These companies are making efforts to ensure Microsoft does not maintain its lead in the race for AI. Apple and tesla are reconsidering their approach to AI, which is what the report is all about.
So basically Siri and its other Virtual Assistant competitors are going for a modern approach by adding the capabilities that are currently being found in ChatGPT, they don’t want the spotlight to stay on Microsoft and they are going to release their version of ChatGPT soon, as stated above, the reports have already given a statement that Apple Employees are currently being briefed on this technology and apple is testing Generative AI concepts that could one day be integrated into Siri.