ChatGPT Can See & Speak

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has been updated with two significant features: image analysis and a synthetic AI voice for conversation. The image recognition functionality can provide instructions based on uploaded images and identify objects, broadening its utility across various fields. Despite its potential, it is designed to avoid answering questions about human faces – a measure taken to prevent the misuse of facial recognition technology.

The addition of a synthetic voice feature enables more natural and fluid interactions with ChatGPT. This enhancement stands out from traditional AI voice assistants, offering a more human-like conversation experience and potentially changing the way users engage with AI.

Like every new AI feature, these new features are sure to raise questions about privacy and ethics, but I’m excited about the creative opportunities afforded by multimodal AI.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it. This work was created with the assistance of various AI models, including but not limited to: GPT-4, Bard, Claude, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and others.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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