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On November 6, 2023, OpenAI made waves with its first-ever DevDay, a developer conference teeming with groundbreaking announcements in AI technology. These developments aren't just technological milestones; they're beacons for association leaders who are constantly seeking innovative ways to engage members and streamline operations. Let's dive into these announcements and explore their transformative potential for the association industry. 

Key Announcements

  • A Major User Milestone: Just a year after launching Chat-GPT, OpenAI boasts over 100 million weekly users. 
  • The Newest Version of GPT - GPT-4 Turbo: This version introduces two models: one for text analysis and another for understanding both text and images. Its expanded context window, nearly four times larger than its predecessor, can process information equivalent to over 300 pages. This extension, coupled with a knowledge cut-off of April 2023, marks a significant advancement in AI's depth and breadth of understanding. 
  • Custom GPTs: OpenAI now enables users to build custom GPT models. This is a game-changer for associations, allowing the creation of tailored chat-bots based on specific industry jargon or an association's unique communication style, enhancing member interaction and content relevance. 
  • "Assistants API": This new feature empowers developers to craft “agent-like experiences" within apps. Imagine an AI-powered vacation planner or a smart visual canvas – the applications are limitless and highly adaptable for associations' diverse needs. 
  • New Modalities in the API: The integration of vision and text-to-speech in GPT-4 Turbo, along with DALL-E 3 for image creation, opens up new creative avenues. Associations can now produce custom visual and audio content, elevating their marketing and educational materials. 
  • Copyright Shield: A critical addition for legal safety, this shield promises to defend and cover legal costs for copyright claims, encouraging associations to confidently embrace AI-generated content. 
  • Whisper v3 and Consistency Decoder: These advancements in speech recognition and image generation mark significant strides in AI’s ability to mirror human communication styles, enhancing the versatility of content creation for associations. 

Well... that was a lot... But don’t worry, we’ll dive deeper into many of these upgrades in future posts. For now, here is what we are most excited about: 

Expanded Context Windows 

The expanded 128K context window in GPT-4 Turbo is a quantum leap in AI's conversational capabilities. For associations, this means AI can now engage in more in-depth, ongoing conversations with members, remembering and referencing past interactions with precision. It's particularly impactful for complex tasks like developing policy documents or compiling research, where continuity and depth of understanding are key. 

The Power of Custom GPTs 

Customizable GPT models are a stride towards highly personalized AI applications. Associations can train these models on their specific datasets, such as past conference proceedings or member surveys, creating an AI that's not just intelligent but also finely attuned to their unique contexts. This personalization means more effective and relevant member engagement, data analysis, and content creation, tailored to each association's specific needs and style. 


The announcements from OpenAI’s DevDay are more than just technological updates; they open new pathways for associations to integrate AI into their core operations. These advancements promise more efficient operations, enhanced member engagement, and innovative growth avenues. As AI continues to evolve, associations embracing these technologies will lead in a digitally transformed landscape. We stand at the brink of these exciting developments – it's the perfect time for associations to explore and integrate these AI advancements into their future strategies. Which of these AI advancements do you see as a game-changer for your association? Share your thoughts with us in the Sidecar Community!  

Johanna Gundlach
Post by Johanna Gundlach
November 20, 2023
Johanna Gundlach is Senior Advisor to the Sidecar team and the first employee of Blue Cypress. She is passionate about helping grow leaders in the association and not-for-profit space. Outside of her work with Sidecar, Johanna loves exploring the mountains with her dog Laci.