Apple is creating AI tools to compete with OpenAI, Google, and others, claims a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The tech company has developed a chatbot that some engineers are internally dubbing as “Apple GPT.” Apple has not yet decided how to approach consumer adoption of the technology, although it is rumored that it plans to make a substantial AI-related announcement in 2019.
According to the source, Apple has developed its framework, code-named “Ajax,” to build massive language models, which are AI-based systems that underpin products like Open AI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. According to Bloomberg, Google’s machine learning framework, Google JAX, is used to build Ajax, which is hosted on Google Cloud. Ajax is being used by Apple to build extensive language models, which will be the basis for an internal ChatGPT-style application.
A request for comment from Apple did not receive a prompt response.
Due to worries about the security of generative AI, the internal chatbot rollout was temporarily suspended, but it has subsequently been expanded to more Apple employees. The chatbot is becoming increasingly accessible to employees, although access still needs special permission. According to Bloomberg, the chatbot’s output cannot be utilized to create features for users.
The chatbot is being used by Apple staff members to assist with product prototyping. Based on the data it was trained with, the chatbot can be used to summarise the text and provide answers.
The company’s chatbot is comparable to Bard, ChatGPT, and Bing AI because it lacks any further capabilities that set it apart from other already available commercially available chatbots.
The report comes as Apple has been looking for talent in generative AI. On its career page, the company has a few employment openings for generative AI specialists. The company is looking for engineers with a “robust understanding of large language models and generative AI.”
Apple hasn’t made much noise about artificial intelligence lately, in contrast to competitors like Google, Microsoft, and Meta, which pushed fast to market generative AI technologies. Although the tech giant has been releasing AI capabilities across its products and apps for years, it is now trying to keep up with user demand for generative AI tools that can assist with tasks like generating essays and photos.
According to the article, Apple is concentrating on attempting to solve potential privacy risks related to artificial intelligence. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the tech giant will incorporate AI into more of its products, but only after giving it “thoughtful consideration.”