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A ChatGPT Outage Briefly Broke the Rabbit R1
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Photo: Rabbit Rabbit CEO Jesse Lyu defended the Rabbit R1 for the last week, telling Gizmodo and other outlets that it’s “ not an Android app. ” Now, he may have to defend the next fatal claim for an AI device: that it’s not just a ChatGPT wrapper. The push-to-talk feature on Rabbit R1s experienced a brief outage on Thursday night, caused by an outage to OpenAI’s API that occurred at the same time, first spotted by The Verge . Screenshot from Rabbit’s “bug-report” channel. – Screenshot: Discord “Yesterday’s incident was related to OpenAI, but impacted only part of the functionality of R1 and was quickly resolved,” said Rabbit in a statement to Gizmodo on Friday. The company said it’s been clear that it works with multiple LLM services, including OpenAI, and it will work with these vendors on ways to mitigate service disruptions in the future.

“There is an issue with PTT queries not responding and we’re working on it urgently,” said a customer support account in Rabbit’s Discord channel on Thursday at 6:12 pm ET. “Vision mode is still operational. Team is working on it now.”

As complaints of error messages filled Rabbit’s “bug-report” Discord channel, OpenAI reported an API outage on its status page at 6:06 pm ET. The company noted “elevated error rates on fine-tuning API models and reserved capacity.” The issue was resolved for OpenAI roughly 45 minutes later, and a Rabbit customer support account updated that its push-to-talk feature should be working again around the same time. Screenshot: OpenAI OpenAI did not respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.

Part of the way Rabbit achieves the R1’s relatively low price point, $200, is by outsourcing some of its AI processing. In a January interview with Fast Company , Lyu noted that Rabbit uses OpenAI’s ChatGPT to understand its users’ intentions. Then, Rabbit’s proprietary large action model (LAM) is supposed to kick into gear to do stuff for you, such as play music, order food, and so on.

Emphasis on “supposed to.” As Gizmodo’s Dua Rashid points out, the Rabbit R1 isn’t great at doing stuff. When she tried […]

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