Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, highlighted his optimism around artificial intelligence (AI) in an interview stressing how amazed he was with OpenAI’s GPT-4 and its ability to read between lines with something as intricated and deep as poetry.
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Discussing Microsoft’s journey with AI, Nadella pointed to the shift from GPT 2.5 to 3 as a pivotal moment. He noted that this shift revealed the emergent capabilities and scaling effects of AI, which didn’t limit itself to coding but excelled at it.
However, it was an AI’s capacity to understand and translate poetry that truly impressed Nadella. As a child, he had a strong desire to read Persian poetry, especially the work of Rumi, which translators had converted into Urdu and English.
“Machine translation has been with us for a long time, and it's achieved a lot of great benchmarks, but it does not have the subtlety of capturing deep meaning in poetry," noted Nadella.
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The latest version of ChatGPT, backed by Microsoft, was able to not only translate the poetry but also capture its deep meaning across language boundaries, marking a significant advancement in machine translation.
Over the course of the interview, the Hyderabad-born CEO also talked about Microsoft’s strategic decision to partner with OpenAI, the firm behind GPT-4, instead of solely developing their own large language model, Turing. Microsoft saw an opportunity to lay a foundation for a single platform effect, handling the tools and ensuring AI’s security and compliance, while OpenAI continued to develop advanced models.
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