For the last few weeks (maybe months), OpenAI and several of its products have been in the press. If I knew nothing, I would think this was the first time anyone had ever experienced AI or witnessed the immense amount of AI-based products we have consumed as customers for years.
It’s not as if demos have shown AI ordering food for us. It can’t look at an image and determine the type of plant it is. It can’t translate words for us in real-time? AI can’t write articles or create music?
All of the things ChatGPT and recent AI innovations do are old news. We’ve been riding this wave since the video Humans Need Not Apply was recorded in 2014.
What has changed is access to this tech. Before OpenAI, using AI required complicated training models and hidden developer-centric tools. You needed product teams to attach APIs and write code. OpenAI is a reflection not of just innovation but of what happens when technology that is available to anyone becomes easy to access. OpenAI ripped down walls and created a simple interface to showcase the development that has been going on for years.
If LL Cool J were to sum it up, he might say, “Don’t call it a [revolution] I’ve been here for years.”