GPT-4 is Coming Next Week – and It Will Be Multimodal, Says Microsoft Germany

Zakhi Mgutshini
Mar 10, 2023
Updated • Mar 10, 2023

Before you say not another GPT story, just take some time and read this one. I promise it's not another collaboration with Open AI’s ChatGPT. Although, I believe we’re yet to see more. The release of GPT-4 is in the pipeline, according to Andreas Braun, Microsoft Germany's CTO, at the AI kickoff event on the 9th of March 2023.

He went on to mention at the kickoff event that was held in German that GPT-4 would be coming next week. GPT-4 will be a multimodal model. Multimodal refers to using multiple modes or forms of communication, such as kinesthetic, tactile and auditory. In the context of technology, multimodal interfaces allow users to interact with the system using different modes of output and input, such as gesture, voice, touch, and text. Microsoft's fine-tuning of multi-modality no longer comes as a surprise since the release of Kosmos-1 at the beginning of March. 

Large Language Models (LLM) are considered game changers because it teaches machines to understand natural language. With LLM, machines can now understand statistics and what was previously only read and understood by people. The technology basically works in any language. The system allows you to ask a question in another language and get an answer in a different language. Multimodality makes the model comprehensive. 

Disruption and Losing Jobs 

Some may be worried that this new technology will steal their jobs considering the massive layoffs Microsoft had early this year. Braun was joined by Marianne Janik, CEO of Microsoft Germany, in confirming that AI isn’t here to replace any jobs but instead is here to assist in doing repetitive tasks differently. 

She recommends that companies should form “ competent centers”  that can train and give clarity on using AI to ensure a smooth migration. She also mentioned that Microsoft doesn’t use any customer data to train their models. 

Use Cases for GPT-4

Holger Kenn (Chief Technologist of Business Development AI and Emerging Technologies) and Clemens Siebler (Senior AI Specialist), both from Microsoft Germany, provided insight on AI’s practical uses. 

  • Kenn explains that multimodal AI can not only translate text into images but can also translate it into music and video. 
  • Siebler illustrated a case where this could be used in call centers, meaning the speech-to-text telephone calls could be recorded, and the agents would no longer need to summarise or type the content manually. 
  • Siebler mentioned that AI won’t always be correct, so verifying all information is important. In terms of regulation, Microsoft Germany took a positive stance at the AI kickoff.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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