The company unveiled new technology called GPT-4 four months after its ChatGPT stunned Silicon Valley. The update is an improvement, but it carries some of the same baggage.
The senior executives of OpenAI, from left, Mira Murati, chief technology officer; Sam Altman, chief executive; Greg Brockman, president; and Ilya Sutskever, chief scientist. Credit... Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Cade Metz, who has written about artificial intelligence for more a decade, tested GPT-4 for more than a week while reporting this article.
Four months ago, a small San Francisco company became the talk of the technology industry when it introduced a new online chatbot that could answer complex questions, write poetry and even mimic human emotions.
Now the company is back with a new version of the technology that powers its chatbots. The system will up the ante in Silicon Valley’s race to embrace artificial intelligence and decide who will be the next generation of leaders in the technology industry.
OpenAI, which has around 375 employees but has been backed with billions of dollars of investment from Microsoft and industry celebrities, said on Tuesday that it had released a technology that it calls GPT-4. It was designed to be the underlying engine that powers chatbots and all sorts of other systems, from search engines to personal online tutors.