ChatGPT 4 is coming as early as next week and will likely include a new and potentially terrible feature: video.
Currently, ChatGPT and Microsoft’s updated Bing search engine are powered by ChatGPT 3.5 major language models, allowing them to respond to queries in a humane way. But both AI implementations have had their fair share of issues so far, so what can we expect, or at least hope to see, with a new version on the horizon?
According to Microsoft Germany CTO Andreas Braun (as reported by Neowin (opens in new tab)), the company will “introduce GPT 4 next week, where we’ll have multimodal models that will offer completely different capabilities — videos, for example.” Braun made the comments at an event titled “AI in Focus – Digital Kickoff.”
Essentially, AI is certainly not going away any time soon. In its current state, we can communicate with OpenAI’s chatbot exclusively via text, providing inputs and controls, and getting conversational, mostly useful, responses.
So the idea of having ChatGPT powered chatbots, like the ones in Bing, that can reply in mediums other than plain text is certainly exciting, but it also fills me with a little bit of dread.
As I mentioned earlier, the early days of ChatGPT were marked with some strange and controversial responses the chatbots gave to users. The one in Bing, for example, not only gave incorrect information, but then argued with the user who pointed out their mistakes, prompting Microsoft to hastily intervene and limit the number of responses it can provide in a single chat (and what Microsoft is only now slowly taking up again).
If we start to see a similar anomaly from videos, there could be even more impacts.
Ethics of AI
In a world where AI-generated “deepfake” videos are an increasing concern for many people, especially those unknowingly starring in those movies, the idea of ChatGPT being dedicated to making videos is a bit concerning.
If people could ask ChatGPT to make a video starring a famous person, that celebrity would probably feel violated. While I’m sure many companies using ChatGPT 4, such as Microsoft, will try to limit or ban pornographic or violent solicitations, the fact that the ChatGPT code is readily available could mean that more unscrupulous users are still abusing it can make.
There is also the issue of copyright infringement. AI-generated art is closely watched where it gets its samples from, and this will likely be the case with videos as well. Content creators, directors, and streamers are likely to have a dim view of their works being used in AI-generated videos, especially if those videos are controversial or harmful.
AI, especially ChatGPT, which only launched a few months ago, is still in its infancy, and while its potential has not yet been fully realized, so are the moral implications of what it can achieve. So while Microsoft’s boast about video coming soon to ChatGPT is impressive and exciting, the company also needs to be careful and make sure both users and original content creators are taken care of.