OpenAI CEO and co-founder Sam Altman has put the brakes on speculation around the development of GPT-5, the next iteration in the company's groundbreaking GPT series of large language models. During an MIT event, Altman confirmed that OpenAI hasn't started working on GPT-5 in response to an open letter that called for a pause on large-scale AI systems development.

What's the Beef: The letter, which was signed by prominent figures such as Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk, requested a six-month hiatus or longer on the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4, citing concerns about the "profound risks to society and humanity" posed by these projects.

  • However, Altman stated that OpenAI wouldn't develop GPT-5 "for some time" after GPT-4's release in March. He went on to say that the letter lacked technical nuance about where a pause was needed, adding that OpenAI is "doing other things on top of GPT-4 that I think have all sorts of safety issues that are important to address and were totally left out of the letter."

GPT-4 101: GPT-4, OpenAI's latest and most advanced large language model, can process both text and images.

  • Users can upload a photo or image, and GPT-4 will generate a text description or caption based on its interpretation.
  • OpenAI offers the public access to GPT-4 through its ChatGPT Plus paid subscription, and a waitlist for a GPT-4 API for developers has been launched.
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