OpenAI CEO Sam Altman supported the launch of the Vision Pro glasses with an initially laudatory tweet. “It is the second most impressive technology, after the iPhone.”
The reference is to another presentation by Apple, which in 2007 inaugurated the smartphone category. Now, the company with the bitten apple is betting its chips on the device worn on the face, a helmet that combines virtual and augmented reality.
“Impressive”, but “secondary”: Sam Altman's ambiguous praise for the Vision Pro
The comment about Vision Pro from the man who leads the destinies of ChatGPT is ambivalent. Yes, it is complimentary; but it also emphasizes that Apple's new product is not as revolutionary as the iPhone was, when it appeared 17 years ago.
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The consideration has a basis. While the original iPhone from 2007 was the first in a category that until then did not exist, glasses join a sector with numerous proposals, from various brands. Of course: Vision Pro comes with some differential aspects, especially the combination of augmented and virtual reality. In addition to its high price—you have to pay $3,499 for the device—it has had an excellent reception in the market, both from specialists and users.
Vision Pro debuted on the market just over a week ago. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake)
For the rest, that “second most impressive technology, since the iPhone” would point to an unsaid, but obvious consideration. Which is the first on that podium, according to Altman? Although he does not indicate it in his tweet, it is reasonable to think that he highlights advances in generative artificial intelligence. The organization he directs is responsible for ChatGPT, the emblem of that movement.
The “next big thing” in technology: between Vision Pro and ChatGPT
In any case, it is possible that the “next big thing”, following the technological saying that describes the products and/or services that revolutionize the sector and society in general, is a combination of Vision Pro and ChatGPT. Or—not to individualize—a mix of wearable devices with artificial intelligence.
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There are already projects that explore that intersection. One of them was announced at CES 2024, the technology fair that was held in Las Vegas in January. The reference is to Rabbit R1, a device that works as a pocket virtual assistant. Another interesting one is AI Pin, from the firm Humane, which adds holographic images to AI.
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In addition, industry buzz claims that OpenAI joined forces with Jony Ive, the legendary former Apple designer, to create the “iPhone of artificial intelligence.” Although there are no official details regarding this initiative, everything indicates that they are working on bringing AI functions to hardware, which could be the one that is encouraged to replace smartphones. If this project is real, Altman's recent tweet takes on another dimension.