December 2, 2023

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman lastly addressed rumors that he’s working with Apple’s former design guru, Jony Ive, on {hardware} that will primarily develop into the pure residence of the ChatGPT AI. He didn’t deny the experiences however stated he’s not seeking to compete towards smartphones. Additionally, he’s not pondering of making some type of robotic with AI brains.

Whereas Altman didn’t share any particulars about this mysterious system, he appeared very within the concept of making {hardware} for these new computing experiences. “I believe there’s something nice to do however I don’t know what it’s but,” he stated.

I’ll go a step additional and say that ChatGPT desperately wants its personal {hardware}, whether or not it appears like a smartphone, pill, laptop computer, or one thing else fully. That’s most likely the one probability for OpenAI’s ChatGPT to outlive within the coming years, contemplating the entire competitors on the way in which from tech giants. We’re within the very early phases of non-public AI, and ChatGPT can’t compete with out having a pure residence.

What’s private AI?

OpenAI surprised the world with its ChatGPT launch a few yr in the past, sending Google right into a frenzy. The Search large reportedly panicked and adjusted its technique for the yr to focus much more on AI than it had already deliberate on doing. Microsoft, an early investor in ChatGPT, was already forward of Google by merely incorporating OpenAI’s tech into Bing Search.

We’ve seen loads of improvements within the house since then. ChatGPT, Google Bard, Bing Chat, Claude, and different generative AI merchandise can supply much more refined options.

However we’re nonetheless within the early days, the place ChatGPT-like merchandise have flaws. They hallucinate and provides us pretend info, they usually can break copyright and privateness guidelines. Additionally, there’s loads of speak about AI bringing us nearer to a world-ending occasion.

Humane Ai Pin confirmed up throughout an occasion on the Paris Trend Week present. Picture supply: Humane

On the identical time, we’re beginning to see the way forward for private AI use. Humane, an fascinating startup helmed by two former Apple execs, will launch the Ai Pin within the coming weeks. That’s a wearable system that lacks a display screen and places a private AI in your pocket.

Contemplating what I’ve seen to date, I’m cautiously optimistic concerning the concept. However Humane’s product is the most effective instance of why ChatGPT wants its personal {hardware}.

Private AI is what I’m really wanting ahead to. Synthetic intelligence that I might willingly permit into my digital life to present me customized responses tailor-made to my wants.

This AI would ideally run on one or a number of gadgets I personal. It could not share private information with its creators or different third events and would guard my information with robust encryption. 

It’d sound like one thing you’d see in a sci-fi film, however we’re getting nearer than ever to that type of expertise. Humane is just one of many firms engaged on private AI. And ChatGPT, in its present kind, can’t fulfill these wants.

Large tech firms are engaged on private AI ecosystems

OpenAI may not manufacture a smartphone, however the ChatGPT product may have a troublesome time competing with handsets and laptops that may ship with private AI options built-in. The identical goes for Humane and related startups. As a result of the massive tech firms are engaged on creating their very own private AI experiences.


Microsoft made the primary steps in that path by unveiling the Copilot assistant for Home windows 11 gadgets. The AI will do greater than supply solutions for many on-line queries on the spot. It’ll allow you to handle and management your laptop.

Think about engaged on one thing and telling Copilot to open sure apps within the background, change settings (like turning on darkish mode), or take a screenshot. Perhaps you need it to summarize an article you’ve opened within the browser however didn’t learn.

Windows 11 Copilot in action summarizing a text.
Home windows 11 Copilot in motion summarizing a textual content. Picture supply: Microsoft

With entry to your Home windows laptop and private information, Copilot will be capable to do all that. In flip, you’ll enhance your productiveness and alter the way you multitask. The times once we inform the pc to do one thing for us like we see in sci-fi films, are nearly right here.


Then there’s Google, who simply confirmed us what private AI can do. Google is in a a lot better place than OpenAI, though Bard nonetheless appears to be trailing ChatGPT, at the least in terms of recognition. Google makes loads of helpful apps and just lately introduced Bard assist for a number of of them.

The Google AI can now extract private information from apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube to present you extra private solutions which might be primarily based on what’s occurring in your life. And it’ll begin with the Assistant with Bard improve that Google introduced throughout the Pixel 8 occasion.

Assistant with Bard will handle personal data from Google apps.
Assistant with Bard will deal with private information from Google apps. Picture supply: Google

It will get even higher than that. In contrast to Microsoft, Google has an enormous smartphone working system, and it makes its personal Pixel telephones and wearables. These are nice properties for private AI. Google demoed such options throughout the Pixel 8 occasion.

I stated on the time I used to be envious of recent well being options packing generative AI assist coming to Pixel gadgets, like asking the AI to elucidate your present kind and evaluate it to the previous. That’s not one thing I can presently do on the iPhone and different Apple gadgets.

Google's personal AI can offer more meaningful insights than ChatGPT.
Google’s private AI can supply extra significant insights than ChatGPT. Picture supply: Google


On that be aware, I’m additionally jealous of Copilot, as I’m a longtime MacBook consumer. However Apple isn’t sitting idly by. The corporate is working by itself ChatGPT different. And whereas there’s no clear schedule for the arrival of an AppleGPT that might change Siri, it may possibly’t be too lengthy.

I did say that the Imaginative and prescient Professional headset wants its personal ChatGPT AI. The spatial laptop could be the most effective place to showcase what private AI can supply.

Like Google, Apple makes its cellular working system and apps. On high of that, it sells a pair hundred million iPhones yearly, one thing that Google can’t match. And Apple additionally has one thing else going for it.

The corporate has lengthy made privateness a key function of its gadgets. Any AppleGPT product would seemingly be developed with privateness in thoughts, particularly any type of private AI product.

A person using Vision Pro while walking around in a room.
An individual utilizing Imaginative and prescient Professional whereas strolling round in a room.


Then there’s Meta, one other tech large investing closely in generative AI. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Fb Messenger will function some type of generative AI options quickly. Meta is set to compete towards Apple within the spatial computing area with its personal Quest gadgets.

In contrast to the opposite firms listed above, Meta isn’t recognized for its {hardware}. Nor does it have the most effective monitor document of defending consumer privateness. However it has the sources to make that occur. And I guess that Meta can be very considering providing prospects private AI experiences down the highway.

ChatGPT can’t be the default AI on competing platforms

ChatGPT can run on all of the gadgets that Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Meta promote. All you want is an web browser to make it occur. However it’ll by no means be the default generative AI product. It’ll by no means be capable to combine with the working system or the default apps the identical approach as first-party generative AI merchandise will. And with out hooking to these information streams, ChatGPT can’t develop into the non-public AI that I would like.

With all that in thoughts, there’s no query in my thoughts that OpenAI and Jony Ive are engaged on ChatGPT {hardware}. It’s not a matter of if it’ll occur. It’s how quickly this AI-first system can arrive.