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Sam Altman Credits Prafulla Dhariwal for GPT-4o Success

Prafulla Dhariwal

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has credited Prafulla Dhariwal, an Indian prodigy, for the successful launch of the company’s latest AI model, GPT-4o. Altman announced on X (formerly known as Twitter) that the development of ChatGPT 4o would not have been possible without Dhariwal’s contributions.

Dhariwal, hailing from Pune, India, has been recognized for his academic and scientific excellence from a young age. His early achievements include winning the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Government of India in 2009 and a gold medal at the International Astronomy Olympiad in China the same year. He continued his streak with gold medals at both the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2012 and the International Physics Olympiad in 2013. Academically, he excelled with a score of 295 out of 300 in the physics-chemistry-mathematics group in his Class XII exams and impressive scores in entrance exams, including 190 in the Maharashtra Technical Common Entrance Test and 330 out of 360 in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-Mains). In 2013, he received the Abasaheb Naravane Memorial Prize from the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

Dhariwal pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (Mathematics) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating in 2017 with a perfect GPA of 5.0. His journey with OpenAI began in May 2016 as a research intern, and he has since become a research scientist. His notable contributions include working on GPT-3, the text-to-image platform DALL-E 2, the music generator Jukebox, and the reversible generative model Glow.

Altman praised Dhariwal’s vision, talent, conviction, and determination, which were instrumental in the development of GPT-4o. “GPT-4o would not have happened without the vision, talent, conviction, and determination of Prafulla Dhariwal over a long period of time. That, along with the work of many others, led to what I hope will turn out to be a revolution in how we use computers,” Altman stated.

The unveiling of GPT-4o at OpenAI’s Spring Update event highlighted the model’s advanced capabilities in reasoning across voice, text, and vision, setting a new benchmark in AI technology. This launch represents OpenAI’s first natively multimodal model, a significant achievement under Dhariwal’s leadership of the Omni team.

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/who-is-prafulla-dhariwal-openai-ceo-sam-altman-says-chatgpt-4o-would-not-have-happened-without-him-2540245-2024-05-17

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