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OpenAI’s first developer conference is November 6

OpenAI announced today that November 6 will be its first developer conference.

In a blog post, OpenAI said it would debut “new tools and exchange ideas” at the one-day OpenAI DevDay event, which will include a keynote lecture and breakout sessions led by technical staff.

In April, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said the company wasn’t training GPT-5 and “wouldn’t for some time.” However, OpenAI’s intentions for Global Illumination, the AI design firm it acquired in August, and GPT-4’s picture understanding skills may be revealed. (GPT-4, OpenAI’s premier model, can analyze and interpret photos, but OpenAI has reportedly been holding back image-processing due to privacy concerns.)

This reporter wouldn’t be surprised to see new watermarking methods for AI-generated content as fears of mass-scale misinformation and plagiarism develop. OpenAI discontinued its in-house tool to detect AI-generated text due to poor performance; perhaps DevDay will bring a successor.

DevDay will be mostly in-person, however the keynote will be webcast online. OpenAI claims registration will open in weeks and cap attendance at “hundreds” of developers.

“We’re looking forward to showing our latest work to enable developers to build new things,” Altman said.

Why hold developer day? OpenAI argues in its blog post that their developer community is large enough. Over 2 million developers use the startup’s generative AI tools, including GPT-4, ChatGPT, DALL-E 2, and Whisper.

Developer conferences are marketing opportunities. OpenAI wants a commercial win.

ChatGPT became famous, but OpenAI, backed by billions in venture financing from Microsoft and big VCs, spent $540 million last year developing it, including funds to lure personnel from Google and Meta, according to The Information.

OpenAI appears to be on track to make $1 billion in income next year, but with competition rising and AI hardware prices rising, it can’t afford to rest.

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