Is Interactive AI Set to Overtake ChatGPT? DeepMind Co-Founder Weighs In

In a recent interview, Mustafa Suleyman, who co-founded Google DeepMind and is currently CEO of AI startup Inflection AI, emphasised that the next big era in artificial intelligence will be towards interactive systems.

“Many people underestimate how monumental this moment is for technology,” he mentioned to MIT Technology Review.

Suleyman envisions a leap from the current phase of generative AI tools like ChatGPT to more interactive platforms. “Interactive AI could be more dynamic and take actions on its own with permission, as opposed to what he described as ‘static’ technology today,” he stated.

How Interactive AI Differs

The shift from generative to interactive AI is more than just an incremental improvement, according to Suleyman. “Now we’re in the generative phase, where you take that input data and produce new data,” he explains.

But interactive AI will let people not only get information but also delegate tasks and services. “Technology today is static. But now technology is going to be animated,” Suleyman noted.

Interactive AIs will hold conversations with users, perform tasks on their behalf, and even interact with other AIs or human operators. For Suleyman, conversation is the next key interface for human-machine interaction.

Concerns about Autonomy and Control

Suleyman acknowledges that granting AI more autonomy could be a cause for concern. “It’s important to set limits for the technology and make sure it aligns with human interests,” he said.

When he was at DeepMind, the team developed a “big red button,” essentially an off switch for AI systems that go rogue, as detailed in the research paper ‘Safely Interruptible Agents’.


Market Reactions to AI’s Development

Recent data suggests that enthusiasm for generative AI may be waning. Web analytics firm Similarweb recorded a decline in web traffic to ChatGPT’s website for the third consecutive month.

Investors also express skepticism about turning current AI trends into successful businesses, as seen with generative AI tools Jasper and Synthesia experiencing flat or falling user growth.

ChatGPT’s Evolution

ChatGPT has also sensed the need for change and introduced a code interpreter feature for its chatbot in July. Wharton professor Ethan Mollick believes this makes a strong case for AI as a valuable tool for people who need to perform complex tasks.

The Arrival of Inflection AI

Suleyman’s new venture, Inflection AI, released its chatbot Pi in May as a rival to ChatGPT, focusing on personal advice and conversation. Suleyman believes that in the next five years, everyone will have AI assistants.

Competition Spurs Innovation

The competition between Inflection AI and existing platforms like ChatGPT should encourage both to evolve and better serve user needs.

Investors believe the next wave of AI startups will allow developers to create applications using AI models and integrate them with other data sources.

Current developments in AI suggest that we’re using generative AI as a stepping stone to more interactive and conversational systems.

Skeptics and supporters alike believe the upcoming changes will alter our interaction with machines, whether for better or worse. Leading figures like Suleyman believe this shift could redefine human history.