Microsoft Updating ChatGPT Amid Privacy and Data Sharing Concerns
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Microsoft is allegedly making a new version of ChatGPT for business customers who care about privacy. Microsoft already uses ChatGPT’s GPT-4 AI (or big language model) to make Bing Chat, which is a similar chatbot, possible.
The Information says, however, that Microsoft’s $10 billion deal with OpenAI, the company that made ChatGPT, gives Microsoft the right to sell modified versions of ChatGPT to certain users and organizations. One such product that the software giant is working on is ChatGPT, which is focused on privacy and would run on its own computers.
It means that Microsoft’s ChatGPT, which is focused on privacy, will store data on Azure cloud servers that are only used for business. The data on the computer won’t be able to talk to the main ChatGPT system. Since this service is customized, it also means that business customers would have to pay a lot to use it. The story says that the service could cost as much as ten times as much as ChatGPT Plus, which customers pay $20 for right now.
Microsoft’s decision to build a private chatbot called ChatGPT could bring in a lot of big tech and banking companies that don’t let their workers use public or free chatbots. For example, Samsung is said to have banned ChatGPT from its servers because some workers were found to be sharing sensitive information with it, which could be a privacy nightmare in the long run.
The new ChatGPT, which is focused on privacy, might come out “later this quarter.” OpenAI, which made ChatGPT, has also said that it would like to give something similar to enterprise customers. Last week, OpenAI’s CEO told CNBC that the company had stopped training its AI large-language models, like GPT, with data from paying customers “for a while.”
Altman is quoted in the article as saying, “It’s clear that customers don’t want us to train on their data, so we’ve changed our plans: we won’t do that.” But Open still works to improve its robot in ways that aren’t related to APIs. It means that the LLM trains and gets better based on the questions people ask on the public form of ChatGPT.
The US government has also brought up the question of privacy. Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States, recently met with the top leaders of Microsoft, Google, OpenAI, and Anthropic to talk about the risks of AI. Harris said in a statement that private companies have a “ethical, moral, and legal responsibility” to make sure that their AI goods are safe and secure.
The US Vice President also said that AI chatbots like Google’s Bard, Microsoft’s Bing Chat, and OpenAI’s ChatGPT could both help and hurt users.