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'I try not to think about competitors too much, but the aesthetic difference...': Sam Altman on visuals of the Google I/O event

Jaya Vishwakarma
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Sam Altman on visuals of the Google IO event

Microsoft-backed AI giant OpenAI CEO Sam Altman recently took to X (formerly Twitter) to share his thoughts on the visual aspects of the Google I/O 2024 event. 

He posted a side-by-side comparison, showing OpenAI's understated presentation against Google's grandiose setup.

"I try not to think about competitors too much, but I cannot stop thinking about the aesthetic difference between OpenAI and Google," Altman wrote.


In Altman’s post, OpenAI researchers are depicted in a dimly lit, mid-century modern office space, highlighting a sleek and intimate setting. 

In contrast, Google's event is shown as a large-scale production with a brightly lit stage, fake windows, and clouds, embodying the company's signature rainbow colours.

Not only were the visuals different, but Google's event lasted nearly two hours and included a roster of speakers, including CEO Sundar Pichai, and a live performance by musician Marc Rebillet.

On the other hand, OpenAI's event lasted less than 30 minutes, conducted within the confines of their office space, and notably, without CEO Sam Altman’s presence.

Responding to Altman’s post, a Google engineer named Zachary Nado pointed out, “Interesting how all your launches are timed with ours then.”

On May 13, OpenAI introduced its latest flagship AI model, GPT-4o, which can process audio, visual, and text data in real-time. The following day, Google unveiled updates to its AI models, including a new AI agent called "Project Astra" and advancements in Google Search.

Netizens reaction

First shared on May 17, 2024, Sam Altman's post has garnered over 9 million views and 24,000 likes so far. Many people took to the comment section to share their thoughts on the visual difference between Google and OpenAI events.

"Google gives corporate trying to be cool vibes. OpenAI gives fake trying to say „hey we’re just like you lonely anons” sales pitch," another wrote.

"The gap between google and you is smaller than the gap between you and any random 19th century opium den. Step out of the ikea, brother," a third wrote.