OpenAI launches GPT-4, improving accuracy and introducing image input

On Tuesday, OpenAI launched GPT-4, the fourth installment in the artificial intelligence (AI) lab’s GPT series.

Like its predecessor GPT-3, GPT-4 is capable of producing fluent and fairly human-like text in response to human prompts. However, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has noted that GPT-4 is a multimodal model, which means it can also respond to image input, in addition to text-based input. Those interested in trying out GPT-4’s capabilities can join the API waitlist to access it via API or pay for Chatag/chatGPTtGPT Plus, a premium version of ChatGPT that utilizes GPT-4 (unlike the free version, which is based on GPT-3.5). 

“We’ve created GPT-4, the latest milestone in OpenAI’s effort in scaling up deep learning,” the company writes on its webpage for GPT-4. “GPT-4 is a large multimodal model (accepting image and text inputs, emitting text outputs) that, while less capable than humans in many real-world scenarios, exhibits human-level performance on various professional and academic benchmarks.”

OpenAI’s practically become a household name these days, thanks to the widespread popularity of — and scorn for — ChatGPT, a chatbot that can produce long, fluent strings of text in English and several other languages. OpenAI’s team notes that GPT-4 is significantly more capable than ChatGPT, pointing to the fact that in testing, GPT-4 was able to score in the top 10% of a bar exam, while ChatGPT scored in the bottom 10% on the same exam.

In the four months since it first launched, ChatGPT’s drawn a lot of criticism for its tendency to hallucinate facts, stating false information and presenting it as the truth. Although OpenAI hasn’t completely fixed this problem in GPT-4, the company notes that this version is much less likely to present false information as fact. According to OpenAI, GPT-4 boasts an accuracy rate of nearly 80% for most subjects, while the most up-to-date version of ChatGPT has an accuracy rate that hovers at around 60%.

Andrew Warner
Andrew Warner is a writer from Sacramento. He received his B.A. in linguistics and English from UCLA and is currently working toward an M.A. in applied linguistics at Columbia University. His writing has been published in Language Magazine, Sactown Magazine, and The Takeout.


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