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Is OpenAI working on GPT-5?

We still haven’t seen the full extent of what GPT-4 can offer.

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Quick Answer: No, OpenAI is not working on GPT-5, and probably won’t be for a while. OpenAI’s continued focus in on refining GPT-4’s capabilities.

In a recent MIT event discussing AI systems’ challenges and potential dangers, OpenAI’s CEO and co-founder, Sam Altman, took the stage via a virtual video link.

Altman addressed a circulating open letter that urged institutions, including OpenAI, to pause any further AI systems creating AI systems beyond GPT-4’s capabilities.

The letter was cosigned by folks including Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and others. You can read the letter here or via the dropdown below:

Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter

AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs. As stated in the widely-endorsed Asilomar AI PrinciplesAdvanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources.

Unfortunately, this level of planning and management is not happening, even though recent months have seen AI labs locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control.

Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks, and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization? Such decisions must not be delegated to unelected tech leaders. 

Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable. This confidence must be well justified and increase with the magnitude of a system’s potential effects. OpenAI’s recent statement regarding artificial general intelligence, states that “At some point, it may be important to get independent review before starting to train future systems, and for the most advanced efforts to agree to limit the rate of growth of compute used for creating new models.” We agree. That point is now.

Therefore, we call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium.

AI labs and independent experts should use this pause to jointly develop and implement a set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development that are rigorously audited and overseen by independent outside experts. These protocols should ensure that systems adhering to them are safe beyond a reasonable doubt. This does not mean a pause on AI development in general, merely a stepping back from the dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities.

AI research and development should be refocused on making today’s powerful, state-of-the-art systems more accurate, safe, interpretable, transparent, robust, aligned, trustworthy, and loyal.

In parallel, AI developers must work with policymakers to dramatically accelerate development of robust AI governance systems. These should at a minimum include: new and capable regulatory authorities dedicated to AI; oversight and tracking of highly capable AI systems and large pools of computational capability; provenance and watermarking systems to help distinguish real from synthetic and to track model leaks; a robust auditing and certification ecosystem; liability for AI-caused harm; robust public funding for technical AI safety research; and well-resourced institutions for coping with the dramatic economic and political disruptions (especially to democracy) that AI will cause.

Humanity can enjoy a flourishing future with AI. Having succeeded in creating powerful AI systems, we can now enjoy an “AI summer” in which we reap the rewards, engineer these systems for the clear benefit of all, and give society a chance to adapt. Society has hit pause on other technologies with potentially catastrophic effects on society.  We can do so here. Let’s enjoy a long AI summer, not rush unprepared into a fall.”

Altman criticized the letter for conveniently skipping over some important details and how an earlier version spread rumors that claimed OpenAI was already training GPT-5. But that brings up a fair question, are they?

Is OpenAI working on GPT-5?

Short Answer: No

Currently, OpenAI is not working on GPT-5 “and won’t for some time,” Altman said when addressing the letter. Altman asserted that GPT-5’s development is not on its current agenda.

That said, Altman highlighted OpenAI’s continued focus on refining GPT-4’s capabilities and addressing potential safety issues not mentioned in the open letter.

Watch the video featuring the conversation below:

“We are doing other things on top of GPT-4 that I think have all sorts of safety issues that are important to address and were totally left out of the letter,” Altman noted – referencing GPT-4 plugins that allow the large language model to browse the internet.

For now, let’s keep our focus on GPT-4

And that alone is another issue. While there’s the possibility of a GPT-5 announcement in the future, we have to put our focus on what GPT-4 is fully capable of. We still haven’t even seen all its capabilities.

“As capabilities get more and more serious, the safety bar has got to increase,” Altman added. “I think moving with caution and an increasing rigor for safety issues is really important. The letter, I don’t think is the optimal way to address it.”

Even though OpenAI isn’t currently focusing on GPT-5 training, it doesn’t mean they aren’t creating other bold and innovative tools.

While OpenAI may not be concentrating on GPT-5 at the moment, they are actively involved in creating various tools to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence.  

With more boundaries being pushed, I imagine we’re going to be reading a lot more letters urging us to halt AI’s use.

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