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We all know ChatGPT, OpenAI’s creation that changed the tech industry overnight. But lately, there’s been a lot of talk about Llama 2, Claude 2, and other competitors. The landscape is getting confusing, and one big question is how OpenAI will respond.
I’ve been asking smart people about this, some of whom have direct knowledge, and the bottom line is that OpenAI plans to just keep making its models better. Sounds simple, right? Not in the tech industry, for all kinds of reasons. First of all, the best technology doesn’t always win. Remember Betamax? (For Gen Z readers, Google “betamax”). It often comes down to other factors.
Read below for some scoopy details on how OpenAI is remaining somewhat rigid in comparison to nimble rivals. My takeaway is that OpenAI has something cooking that is giving it quiet confidence and an ability to stay very focused. That could mean a giant leap in performance, or a big disappointment if it doesn’t succeed.
And finally, you’ve all been wondering what our thoughts are on Elon Musk changing Twitter’s name to “X.” And ... we’re not taking the bait!