May 13 • Pratik Naik

From Sci-Fi to Reality: How GPT-4o Mirrors the AI in "Her"

OpenAI had a major announcement today, showcasing their latest model, GPT-4o (the "O" stands for Omni). While the technical details may have been overwhelming for some, I want to break down why this is a significant milestone in simple terms.

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The Future is Here

If you've seen the movie HER with Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson as "Samantha," the AI, today felt like the closest we've ever been to that kind of interaction. OpenAI's demonstration of GPT-4o was truly eye-opening.

Check out these videos to see what I mean: 

You can see even more via their playlist.

For users on the Plus plan (paid plan), ChatGPT’s conversation mode is already powerful, but there's been a noticeable lag between asking a question and getting an answer. This lag will soon be a thing of the past. In the next couple of weeks, we can expect conversation to become much more fluid and immediate! The organic and responsive nature of GPT-4o made me pause and realize we're living in the future.

GPT-4o allows for interruptions in a natural manner. You can speak over it, and it picks up immediately without missing a beat. It even made a joke about messy hair and encouraged the user to fix it, emulating natural conversation that feels very human. This realistic flow of conversation makes the interaction far more engaging.

Blazing Fast Responses
ChatGPT-4o is incredibly fast, even with general text prompts. The speed at which it generates answers is astonishing, making it even better than the current ChatGPT-4 for Plus users. There’s still plenty of testing happening with users to see if GPT-4o is as capable or better than GPT-4. 

Access and Availability
Starting today, GPT-4o’s text and image capabilities are rolling out in ChatGPT. There will be a daily usage limit, but Plus users will benefit from up to 5x higher daily message limits. In the coming weeks, the new version of Voice Mode will be available exclusively to Plus users.
The fact that the free tier gives everyone access to the power of GPT-4o is incredible. GPT-4 is a competent and intelligent model that I use regularly as it is, so for everyone to have that levels the playing field and will advance society when they understand the power of it!

For New Users
Speaking of which, if you're new to using ChatGPT, check out my ChatGPT for Photographers guide, part of myAI for Photographers course. This guide features a 50-page PDF full of ideas on how photographers can use it, and how I incorporate it into my workflow. You can even feed the PDF into ChatGPT and ask it questions about it, or explore ways to use it in your industry.

Additional Announcements
In the 30-minute demo, OpenAI also showcased GPT-4o's ability to act as a translator between English and Italian speakers with instant results. The model can now understand 50 languages!

They also demonstrated how GPT-4o can function as a math tutor, guiding the host through solving a math problem step-by-step.

It analyzed weather patterns and answered questions about coding, proving to be an all around all-star update. 

Explore More and Use It Now! 
To see the full presentation, check it out below. You can also learn more on their website and you should be able to use ChatGPT-4o for free! Visit, login, ensure you are using the right model, and get started! If it isn't available, it should be very soon as they roll it out. 
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Pratik Naik

Pratik Naik is a leading visionary in retouching and photography who inspires and mentors professionals worldwide. As the founder of Infinite Color, he simplifies complex editing processes with innovative Photoshop plugins and tools. He shares his knowledge and expertise through workshops and online education, nurturing the next generation of creative minds.
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