Tuesday, March 19, 2024

"Sam Altman says OpenAI's latest ChatGPT ‘kinda sucks'"

From Quartz, March 18:

The OpenAI CEO may be suffering from AI burnout, but he's expecting GPT-5 to be much better

If you’re burnt out over generative AI hype, you’re not alone. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said GPT-4, his company’s latest and greatest AI model, actually kinda sucks in an interview with Lex Fridman published on Monday. In fact, Altman is hoping GPT-5 can live up to all the hype.

“I think it kind of sucks,” Altman said when asked about GPT-4 and its most impressive capabilities. “I think it is our job to live a few years in the future and remember that the tools we have now are going to kind of suck, looking backward at them, and that’s how we make sure the future is better.”

Fridman, who had just finished praising GPT-4, was taken aback by Altman’s comments. Altman used the question to talk about how he’s way more excited about GPT-5, or whatever the next model is called. The OpenAI CEO noted his company would release a new version of ChatGPT in the next year, but didn’t specify what it would be called. Altman says this next model will be a similar leap forward that GPT-4 was....