OpenAI drops ChatGPT-4 enabling image inputs

Rumours of this week’s release of ChatGPT-4 were confirmed as OpenAI hosted a developer livestream event on Tuesday debuting the latest interaction.

ChatGPT-4 was unveiled this week amid rumours of its release – with new functionality that means images can be uploaded to generate responses.

The latest iteration of OpenAI’s trailblazing chatbot is available as a developer AI tool for those who join a waitlist and to ChatGPT Plus subscribers paying $20 a month. The free ChatGPT service is still running on ChatGPT-3.5. Companies like Duolingo and Morgan Stanley worked with OpenAI to incorporate ChatGPT-4.

One of the biggest changes with the new release is that it can generate output from images, including captions, explanations, and discussion. Previously only text inputs were possible, and there is widespread speculation that the capability to input video content is a possibility in future iterations.

The new release can now also handle over 25,000 words of text, with capability to produce longer-form content and document analysis.

Aaron Goldman, Chief Marketing Officer, Mediaocean commented: “Improvements in generative AI are coming along very quickly. With ChatGPT-4, users now have the ability to train the model and feed it more background information, ultimately making the end product much more tailored. When it comes to AI, more control over the inputs also means much better outputs."

Increased safety

As part of the latest development, OpenAI says it has spent six months making ChatGPT-4 safer and that it has trained ChatGPT to make it better at giving out ‘factual information’. On its website, OpenAI claims that ChatGPT-4 is “82% less likely to respond to requests for disallowed content and 40% more likely to produce factual responses than GPT-3.5 on our internal evaluations”.

OpenAI concedes that ChatGPT-4 still has limitations and could still show “hallucinations, and adversarial prompts.

“We encourage and facilitate transparency, user education, and wider AI literacy as society adopts these models. We also aim to expand the avenues of input people have in shaping our models,” it said.

This follows concerns of “unhinged” outputs users were receiving from Microsoft Bing, which integrated ChatGPT last month. Microsoft has confirmed in a blog that ChatGPT-4 is running on Bing’s search, answer, chat and create functions.