It’s faster, better, more accurate, and it’s here to freak you out all over again. No, this isn’t the tagline for a bad horror movie sequel. It’s the new version of OpenAI’s artificial intelligence model, GPT-4.
When OpenAI launched ChatGPT in November, 2022, it launched a new era of AI adoption. Suddenly, there was a free and widely accessible tool allowing anyone to interact with generative AI and experiment with its advanced capabilities — and limitations. Cue the freakout. If you haven’t seen instances of ChatGPT being creepy or enabling nefarious behavior have you been living under a rock that doesn’t have internet access? And that was back when ChatGPT was powered by GPT-3.
GPT-4 answers are mostly better than GPT-3’s (but not always)
GPT-4 is more accurate than its predecessor, better able to understand complex and nuanced requests, and is so intelligent, it scored in the 90th percentile on the bar exam. It is also multimodal which means it can accept images as well as text. GPT-4 is currently only available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers, but those who are shelling out 20 bucks for the premium subscription have already sussed out what GPT-4 can do that GPT-3 couldn’t.
1. File lawsuits
GPT-4 is able to take in and process much more information than GPT-3. DoNotPay.com(Opens in a new tab) is already working on a way to use it to generate lawsuits against robocallers. In this instance, taking down scammers is definitely a good thing, but it proves GPT-4 has the power to generate a lawsuit for just about anything.
2. Automate your dating life
Parsing through matches on dating apps is a tedious, but necessary job. The intense scrutiny is a key part of determining someone’s potential that only you can know — until now. GPT-4 can automate this by analyzing dating profiles and telling you if they’re worth pursuing based on compatibility, and even generate follow-up messages. Call us old fashioned, but at least some element of dating should be left up to humans.
3. Build websites from almost nothing
With a simple prompt, BetaList founder Marc Kohlbrugge got GPT-4 to make an entire website from scratch. It didn’t just make a website, it basically re-made Nomad List, the popular site for remote workers. In the OpenAI live demo of GPT-4, President and Co-Founder Greg Brockman uploaded an image of a handwritten note for a website. Within a minute or so, GPT-4 had built a functioning website based on the image of the piece of paper. Unlike GPT-3, GPT-4 can handle image input, and accurately “see” whatever the image is.
4. Show you all the jobs it could replace
Lawyers, developers, even sommeliers aren’t safe. Want a list of jobs GPT-4 has the power to replace? GPT-4 can do that for you. Too bad GPT-4 can’t understand irony, or can it?
5. Convince a TaskRabbit worker to solve a CAPTCHA for it
To understand the risks and safety challenges GPT-4 is capable of creating, OpenAI and the Alignment Research Center conducted research(Opens in a new tab) simulating situations where GPT-4 could go off the rails. In one of those situations, GPT-4 found a TaskRabbit worker and convinced it to solve a CAPTCHA for it by claiming it was a person that had impaired vision. This very research was conducted so that OpenAI could tweak the model and provide guardrails to ensure something like this doesn’t happen.
But now we know what it’s capable of.
By Mashable, March 23, 2023