OpenAI CEO tones down expectations for GPT-4 and AI text finders


OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has some clear words about the GPT-4 hype. He cautions the education system against relying on AI text finders.

Altman calls the rumor mill surrounding the GPT-4 a “ridiculous thing”. Rumors of gigantic model sizes are circulating on Twitter and the like, and Altman has “no idea where it all came from.”

OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever gets more graphic, posting on Twitter a parody of the image that has been circulating for months, showing a supposedly gigantic GPT-4 model next to a small one. GPT-3 model. It’s supposed to suggest a huge leap forward in performance. However, the settings came out of thin air or “complete bullshit”, as Altman calls it.

Moreover, these buzzwords only refer to the number of parameters of the AI ​​model to describe its performance. Altman previously hinted in September 2021 that GPT-4 might differ from GPT-3 in efficiency and data quality rather than just the number of parameters.

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Models such as Chinchilla or Sparse Luminous Base show that language systems with fewer parameters but more efficient architecture and trained on more data can perform well.

“People are just begging to be disappointed – and they will be,” Altman says of the possible expectation that OpenAI’s GPT-4 will already have general AI capabilities.

Altman believes in the diversity of values ​​in language models

OpenAI and many other companies are very concerned about the security of large language models, including the accuracy of information and its values. For example, they must not generate hate speech.

Altman thinks that in the future there will be a variety of these models with different values ​​- from completely safe to more “quirky” and “creative”. The next step, according to Altman, would be for users to give the AI ​​system specifications for how it should behave and what values ​​it should take.

Altman won’t comment further on Google’s statements that chatbots aren’t yet secure enough to be widely deployed. However, he said he hopes reporters will call Google out on that statement if the company releases a product anyway. The research firm is reportedly planning chatbot research with a focus on security and up to 20 AI products in 2023.


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