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Introduction: OpenAI and ChatGPT

Problem Statement - A general deep dive into OpenAI’s product “ChatGPT”: we want to see that you fully understand the product and the company’s strategy around it.
Hint: imagine you are the leading product manager at OpenAI responsible for ChatGPT and you are preparing a presentation to Sam Altman.

Before we get started, let's make sense of a few terms that would be repeated often and then set context around OpenAI and ChatGPT as a Brand and Business and its technology in order to understand their values better. This helps us build more aligned solution.


“A baby learns to crawl, walk and then run. We are in the crawling stage when it comes to applying machine learning.”
– Dave Waters

Great visualization to understand how ChatGPT plays in the AI arena. From the foundations of Machine Learning to the cutting-edge breakthroughs in Generative AI, each leap forward opens up new frontiers worth exploring.

The emergence of language models like GPT and AI assistants like ChatGPT is captivating. They engage in human-like dialogue, blurring the lines between man and machine.
ChatGPT, part of Generative Pre-Trained Transformers (GPT), represents this advancement within Large Language Models (LLM) and Generative AI.
These technologies create user-friendly interfaces for generating text responses that mimic human conversation. It's a rapid evolution in Artificial Intelligence, bringing us closer to seamless human-machine interaction.

Let’s dive in to understand them!

What is OpenAI?

OpenAI is an AI research laboratory that aims to develop safe AGI that benefits humans. It collaborates with other organizations and researchers to further its goal.
and patents are open to the public, save for some exceptions that can potentially impact safety.
Founded in 2015, OpenAI is headquartered in San Francisco. Sam Altman, one of its founders, is currently its CEO.

OpenAI’s history: A timeline

OpenAI was initially founded as a non-profit organization in 2015. Here’s a look at OpenAI’s history:

2015: OpenAI was born

OpenAI was founded in December 2015 as a non-profit organization with a pledge of more than $1 billion by tech icons - Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, Reid Hoffman, Jessica Livingston, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Amazon Web Services, Infosys, YC Research.

2016: OpenAI revealed its first AI offering

In April 2016, OpenAI released , a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms.

OpenAI then released Universe, a software that measures and trains an “AI’s general intelligence across the world’s supply of games, websites, and other applications” in December 2016.

2018: OpenAI introduced GPT to the world

In June 2018, OpenAI published the report “.” The paper introduced the idea of generative pre-trained transformers (GPTs) to the world.

2019: OpenAI became a for-profit organization

OpenAI became a for-profit group and distributed equity among its employees.
In July 2019, , with Microsoft investing $1 billion to build AGI with “widely distributed economic benefits.”

2020 onward: OpenAI unveiled GPT-3 and other products

In January 2023, they are extending their partnership. It’s the third phase of the duo’s long-term partnership, which came with a multibillion-dollar investment.
The goal? To drive AI breakthroughs that are beneficial to the world.
A month later in February 2023, Microsoft launched an AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser. The , Microsoft announced on its blog in March 2023. Also released this year is , which is powered by OpenAI’s DALL-E model.

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