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Prafulla Dhariwal: Pune prodigy behind OpenAI GPT-4o

"GPT-4o would not have happened without the vision, talent, conviction, and determination of Prafulla Dhariwal over a long period of time," said Sam Altman.

Sam Altman, Open AI’s CEO praised the Indian-origin Prafulla Dhariwal for the successful launch of ChatGPT 4o, he credited Dhariwal saying, that GPT 4o would not have happened without him.

GPT 4o was unveiled earlier this week and the update has been successfully implemented in the current version. Dhariwal is said to be the architect of this project. GPT 4o where “o” means omni is Dhariwal’s innovation, he currently heads the Omni team at Open AI.

Prafulla Dhariwal
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“GPT-4o (o for “omni”) is the first model to come out of the omni team, OpenAI’s first natively fully multimodal model. This launch was a huge org-wide effort, but I’d like to give a shout-out to a few of my awesome team members who made this magical model even possible,” Dhariwal wrote on X previously known as Twitter.

Replying to it, Altman credited him for the successful launch of the project, “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,” he said.

Prafulla Dhariwal
Source: MSN

Dhariwal of Indian origin, hails from Pune and is acknowledged for his academic and scientific brilliance. His carrer sparked when he won a National Scholarship in 2009. In the same year, he won a gold medal at the International Astronomy Olympiad held in China. He continued his gold medal streak winning two more gold at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2012 and the International Physics Olympiad in 2013.

Besides these accomplishments, Dhariwal has a brilliant academic record. He earned 295 out of 300  in his Class XII. In 2013 he won the annual Abasaheb Naravane Memorial Prize initiated by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He started his journey as a research intern at OpenAI in May 2016 and quickly advanced to the position of research scientist. He has co-created GPT-3, along with other significant projects such as DALL-E 2, a text-to-image platform, Jukebox, and Glow a reversible generative model.

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