According to a new report, ChatGPT is turning its attention to more complex tasks and real-world applications, taking on challenges such as composing poems, composing emails, and coding apps. So, essentially, you're going to be able to do a lot of computing. you.
This is according to The Information (via Android Authority), which says that ChatGPT developer OpenAI is developing “agent software” that acts like a personal assistant. It works within applications from web browsers to spreadsheets, allowing you to perform clicks and key presses.
We've seen something similar with Rabbit R1, but this device isn't shipping yet. If you teach AI how to calculate spreadsheet figures, format documents, and edit images, it will do the work for you in the future.
Sources who spoke to The Information said another type of agent in development will take on online tasks. These agents will be able to, for example, research topics on the web and make hotel and flight reservations on their behalf. The idea is to create a “supersmart personal assistant” that anyone can use.
What is the future of AI agents?
As acknowledged in the report, this will certainly raise a concern or two when it comes to dropping automated bots onto people's computers. OpenAI will need to do a lot of work to reassure users that its AI agents are safe.
Many of us are used to deploying macros to automate tasks or asking Google Assistant or Siri to do things for us, but this is on a different level. Your boss won't be too impressed if you blame the miscalculation of your next quarter's financial forecast on the AI agent you hired for the job.
We also don't yet know how much automation people want for these tasks. Booking a trip involves many decisions, from where to sit on the plane to whether to have breakfast, that AI must make for you. .
There is no timescale for this, but OpenAI appears to be working hard to have agents ready as soon as possible. Google just announced a major upgrade to its AI tools, while Apple is expected to announce its own take on generative AI at some point later this year, likely in iOS 18.