OpenAI reportedly developing AI for task automation on devices

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  • OpenAI reportedly developing AI agents to automate complex tasks on user devices.
  • Agents can perform tasks like data gathering, creation of itineraries, and even booking flights.

Microsoft-backed research lab OpenAI, known for its advancements in large language models, is reportedly developing a new type of software capable of automating complex tasks on user devices, according to The Information on Wednesday. 

These “agents” would represent a significant step forward in virtual assistant technology, offering increased autonomy and handling tasks requiring human oversight.

Sources familiar with the project claim the agents will tackle web-based tasks like information gathering, itinerary creation, and even booking flight tickets. This implies functionalities beyond the simple question-answering and command execution capabilities of existing virtual assistants.

While details remain scarce, the news raises several questions and potential implications like What level of complexity will these agents be able to handle? Could they eventually automate tasks requiring human expertise in specific domains?

Moreover, agents access to user devices necessitates robust security and privacy measures. How will OpenAI address these concerns? And increased autonomy for AI agents raises ethical questions. How will OpenAI ensure responsible development and use of this technology, considering its potential impact on user decisions and behavior?

OpenAI hasn’t officially confirmed the project, but its potential aligns with its recent focus on generative AI technology.

On the other hand, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has a new grand vision: raising trillions of dollars to transform the global semiconductor industry and advance the development of human-level artificial intelligence.

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