Alexa and Siri are about to get really jealous.
The voice technology smart speakers are being taken on by a full-fledged humanoid AI robot being rolled out on the ChatGPT app for Plus paying customers.
Starting this week, a new feature will be available on the iOS and Google Play ChatGPT apps that could potentially eliminate the need for keyboards. Let’s dive in and see exactly what is going to be at our fingertips.
What new development is coming to ChatGPT?
The new development, Voice Conversation, allows you to have a direct conversation with ChatGPT. I’m not talking about the typed-out conversations that you can already have with the platform. I’m talking about real conversations like you would have with a friend on the phone.
You will be able to ask this feature anything you would normally type to it, except this time you can use your voice.
The craziest part about it? It sounds nearly indistinguishable from a real human being. It’s almost like having a robot friend on your phone, and it’s more advanced than Alexa and Siri.
What are some things I can do with Voice Conversation?
Besides asking basic questions, you can upload a photo on the ChatGPT app, and it can make insightful remarks about the photo.
For example, if I were to upload a picture of a strawberry, banana and eggs, then ask it what I can make with this, the chatbot answered Strawberry Banana Pancakes when tested by The Wall Street Journal.
You can take a picture of an unfinished tic-tac-toe game, and it will tell you what move to make. You could even take a picture of your bike and ask it to help you figure out how to lower your seats.
You could have it come up with a bedtime story for your child or simply just talk to you as a friend needing advice. The possibilities are endless.
And while you can ask it anything, ChatGPT does remind you of its accuracy by saying, “While I sound conversational, remember I’m just processing data. Always use your judgment, especially for important matters.”
How can I access this new feature?
You will also need a ChatGPT Plus account, which costs around $20 per month with OpenAI. Just go to settings and turn on Voice Conversations when the app update is pushed to your iPhone or Android. You can get more information about obtaining an account with them here.
As far as when this will become available to everyone, OpenAI reported this:
ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users will get to experience voice and images over the next two weeks. Plans seem to include eventually rolling out these capabilities to other groups of users, including developers, soon after.
Kurt’s key takeaways
I remember when voice assistants like Siri and Alexa came about, yet this type of feature seems much more advanced in a frightening way. I’m not too sure that I love the idea of everyone having access to a robot friend like this. We’ll have to wait and see how people take advantage of this and if it will have any meaningful repercussions.
Hopefully, it remains a fun tool for people and not something everyone becomes too reliant on. I’m wondering what happens when you develop a strong connection of trust with it.
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