What exactly is ChatGPT, and what are the concerns?
Open AI releases GPT-4, a chatbot significantly smarter than previous versions
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For a while, we've asked the hypothetical question about what might happen if a robot could take over our jobs—whether it's writing articles, programming code, making music, providing customer service, drafting contracts, teaching, and so on—but now the hypothetical is more real than ever.
By this point, you've probably heard about ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot programmed to simulate human conversation. No software has ever been able to so convincingly provide human-like and detailed answers to inquiries before.
OpenAI released the prototype to the public near the end of 2022, and while it's astonishing even to some of the biggest figures in tech for its advanced writing skills, it's also incredibly concerning. From the threat it poses to schools, to the unethical treatment of those manually filtering out toxic content from the source data on which the AI is trained, there are many valid worries attached to this incredibly innovative tech.
And it just got smarter. Open AI released GPT-4 on March 14, which boasts a larger information database, can write code in all major programming languages, can understand images as input, and can read, analyze or generate up to 25,000 words of text, ABC News reports. This new version scored in the 90th percentile on the Uniform Bar Exam and scored 700/800 on the math SAT. "While less capable than humans in many real-world scenarios, [GPT-4] exhibits human-level performance on various professional and academic benchmarks," OpenAI wrote in its press release.
Open AI CEO Sam Altman, however, said this is still not where he wants it to be. "It is still flawed, still limited, and it still seems more impressive on first use than it does after you spend more time with it," he tweeted.
But even this tip of the iceberg appears massive. For everything you need to know about ChatGPT, click through this gallery.
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