ChatGPT may not be as available in China as in other countries, but OpenAI is not going to kick out Chinese companies without competition. Several Chinese media have reported that US companies have registered multiple trademarks, suggesting that OpenAI is betting on a bright future in China and elsewhere.
OpenAI has an interesting history. Founded as a non-profit in 2015, the company initially intended to sell its artificial intelligence to other companies, but switched to a non-profit model in 2019.Then, with the advent of ChatGPT in 2022, we realized that OpenAI can perform almost everything on its own. Why do you need to take on the role of subcontractor of your company, even though it could become a major player in the technology itself?
Despite recent media setbacks (the dismissal and return of Sam Altman), OpenAI seems to be thinking about its own future. At present, we only offer GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 language models, and we have registered the trademark "GPT-6" and "GPT-7" in China, so these models may not be completed within a few years.
Why register the GPT-6 and GPT-7 trademarks now? According to the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong・based media company owned by Chinese giant Alibaba, OpenAI wants to own these trademarks based on Class 9, which targets instruments and tools for scientific or research purposes, and Class 42, which targets designs. The company said it has started offering technical services. The application was sent to the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China.
China has always had a reputation for controlling what happens on the Internet, but this means building a foothold in areas that are very hostile to China. OpenAI's goal is that the Chinese technology giant is starting to develop its own generated AI, and OpenAI definitely feels that way. They can not give way. We are very pleased to announce that we are currently using Gpt-6 and GPT-6.We are very pleased to announce that we are currently using Gpt-6 and GPT-6. Use GPT-6. Blocking Gpt-6 and GPT-7 now is a promise to the future and a way to show that OpenAI intends to stay in China for the long term.
The fact that these applications were created under the name OpenAI OpCo, rather than the alias that technology giants often use, shows that OpenAI wanted to attract attention.
What's next for OpenAI? OpenAI could launch the GPT-5 in 2024, and Sam Altman recently acknowledged that its development is going well. Some rumors mention the development of parallel language models like Q, which can make predictions that approach human reasoning. However, unless there is a big surprise, GPT-5 will continue to work in "traditional" mode.
Over the next few years, OpenAI may continue to invest in developing new language models. It may also consider expanding its presence in other countries, such as India and Brazil, where interest in AI is growing.