After a quick drive from Bellevue on a bus filled with some of the tech media’s biggest names, we arrived at Microsoft Campus Building 33 executive briefing center.
Before they let us into the event hall, we were in a large holding area eating breakfast, drinking coffee, and commiserating about the strangeness of this event.
No one said yes to this event and knew what to expect. Now they we do (it’s ChatGPT integraion), we wonder about the scale of Microsoft’s aspirations.
It’s clear that this bigger than just a Bing integration. OpenAI’s ChatGPT powers could well be embedded into a multitide of Mcirosoft products. Windows now seems a lock, as does Office. Still, there’s a ense that we’re going to be bwoled over by something even bigger.
We’ll know all the answers in 35 minutes or so.
Heading to Microsoft’s campus to learn what they’re planning, possibly, with ChatGPT. #Microsoft pic.twitter.com/7cUdA35869February 7, 2023
We’re now on the way to Microsoft’s campus, ahead of its mysterious event. A reminder that it kicks off in less than an hour at 10am PT / 6pm GMT (which is 4am AEST on February 8, for early-rising Australians).
There’s no official livestream, so the best way to follow all of the A.I news – and we’re expecting a ton of it – is here with us in this liveblog. Given that Google has lined up its own event tomorrow, this could be two of the biggest days we see in tech this year.
We got the closest thing to a preview of what Microsoft could have in store today earlier this week when a Bing user briefly got access to a version of the search engine with ChatGPT integration.
Student and designer Owen Yin (below) was treated to a ChatGPT-enhanced Bing for a short period, during which he discovered that you get 1,000 characters to ask more open-ended questions than the ones traditional search engines are comfortable with. That all sounds rather familiar.
One of the screenshots shows a search focused on art and craft ideas for a toddler, “using only cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, paper and string”. This is the kind of specific request that ChatGPT currently loves to answer, albeit with varying results.
It’s almost certain that we’ll see demos on these lines at Microsoft’s event today, but we’re expecting a lot more, too.
Bing’s ChatGPT integration just appeared for me. Replaces the search bar with a composer for natural-language questions pic.twitter.com/NxZ0k9O92CFebruary 3, 2023
Okay, Bellevue, which is right next to Seattle and not far from Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters, doesn’t appear too excited about today’s event. It’s been cold and rainy here since yesterday.
I’d ask ChatGPT why it rains so much in Seattle, but the popular chatbot is now overwhelmed and I won’t be able to access it until OpenAI scales up. Maybe that $10 billion Microsoft is pouring into it will help.
In any case, we’re about two hours away from Microsoft’s big reveal. I’ll soon be heading over to Microsoft’s campus to register and get situated. Just remember, there’s no livestream, so this Live Blog will be one of the only ways to learn what Microsoft plans to do with ChatGPT.
I wonder if Sam Altman, the mastermind behind OpenAI and ChatGPT knows how to keep secrets? Here’s his Twitter post that may have prompted Microsoft to let the cat out of the bag about the event a bit early.
It wasn’t much to go on but having Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and Altman in one place and the latter mentioning not just his location but the event as well, pretty much blew Microsoft’s chance at a big surprise reveal.
Oh well, CEOs do CEO stuff, and we just sit back and watch.
hello from redmond! excited for the event tomorrow pic.twitter.com/b7TUr0ti42February 6, 2023