Chat GPT has taken the tech world by storm, showcasing GPT 4.0 artificial intelligence (AI) with conversational abilities far beyond anything we’ve seen before.
The interface of the viral chatbot is based on GPT-3, which is considered one of the largest and most complex language models ever created, trained on 175 billion “parameters” (data points).
However, it’s no secret that its creator, AI research organization OpenAI, is actively developing its successor, GPT 4.0. Rumor has it that the GPT 4.0 will be much more powerful and influential than the GPT-3. One source even went so far as to claim that the number of parameters had been increased to 100 trillion, although Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, disputes this in colorful terms.
But can it be that GPT 4.0 is already among us? Well, nothing has been announced for sure. But some have speculated that this is the version that powers the recently launched ChatGPT feature in Microsoft’s Bing search engine. While surprising, the claim makes sense given that the Seattle-based tech giant recently became OpenAI’s largest shareholder with a $10 billion investment.
So how is GPT 4.0 different from what came before it, and does it bring AI closer to becoming, in the words of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, “more profound than fire or electricity” in terms of the impact it will have on society?
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GPT 4.0 will be released soon in 2023?
Although nothing has been officially announced at the time of writing, numerous publications, including the New York Times, have reported that there are rumors in the technology industry that the GPT 4.0 is ready for release and will likely see the light of day outside the US. OpenAI Research Labs this year. In fact, as we’ve said, some believe it’s already here, in the form of a chat feature recently added to Bing. Currently, users must join a waitlist to access ChatGPT-powered Bing, but Microsoft has said it plans to open it up to millions of users by the end of February.
If this turns out to be nonsense and Bing runs on good old GPT-3 or GPT-3.5 (an updated version released last year), then we might have to wait a little longer. GPT-3 was originally available to select partners, paying customers, and academic institutions before it became wide open to the public with the launch of Chat GPT in late 2022, and a similar controlled release can be used with GPT 4.0.
GPT 4.0 Generating Computer Code too?
Earlier this year, news broke that OpenAI was actively hiring programmers and software developers, in particular programmers who can use human language to describe what their code does. This leads many to predict that future products, including GPT 4.0, will further push AI to push new boundaries when it comes to writing computer code. This could lead to more powerful versions of tools such as Microsoft’s Github Copilot, which currently uses a tweaked version of GPT-3 to improve its ability to turn natural language into code.
GPT 4.0 will have the Ability to Generate Graphics?
There has been some speculation that the next evolution of generative AI will include a combination of GPT-3 text generation with the imaging capabilities of another OpenAI flagship tool, Dall-E 2. This is an exciting idea because it gives the possibility that it will have the ability to turn data into charts, graphs, and other visualizations are features not found in GPT-3. However, Altman denied that this was true and said that GPT 4.0 would remain a text model.
GPT 4.0 Will Disappoint Some People?
When something generates as much hype as GPT-3, it’s inevitable that the next iterations may not seem as groundbreaking. After all, since we’ve been amazed by a computer that writes poetry, will we be just as amazed in a few years by a computer that writes poetry a little better? Even Altman himself expressed this opinion, saying in an interview in January: “The GPT 4.0 rumor mill is a ridiculous thing. I don’t know where it all came from… people ask to be disappointed and they will.”