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An unknown gpt2-chatbot is blowing up on X: Is this OpenAI’s GPT-5 upgrade?

Published Apr 30th, 2024 10:35AM EDT
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ChatGPT is easily the best-known generative AI chatbot in the world, but it offers different experiences depending on whether or not you pay for a premium LLM. The free ChatGPT runs on the GPT-3.5 model, while ChatGPT Plus and enterprise subscriptions have access to GPT-4. There’s even talk about GPT-4.5 coming out soon, with many people expecting OpenAI to launch a GPT-5 upgrade later this year.

With that in mind, a mysterious GPT2-Chatbot is apparently out in the wild. Some testers are already posting impressive results from their experiments. It’s unclear where it comes from and how it made its way online, but it seems to be very capable.

What’s clear is that it’s blowing up on Twitter/X, with people trying to explain its origin. Are we looking at an unreleased version of ChatGPT? This could be an early test version of GPT-5 that OpenAI is testing in the wild ahead of its release.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in a recent interview that he didn’t know when GPT-5 will be released. The company has other exciting announcements to make, and we’ve seen some of them already.

For example, OpenAI made ChatGPT available without an account, discussed the Sora public rollout, showcased its voice cloning tool, and rolled out ChatGPT memory more widely.

Interestingly, Altman hinted that the next ChatGPT upgrade might not be called GPT-5, and that’s understandable. But GPT-5 got plenty of attention last year.

Some said GPT-5 would be the point where we reach AGI, or a potentially dangerous AI that might reason as well as humans. GPT-5 also came up as a potential reason for Altman’s firing last fall. Maybe a different name would be needed to clean the image of GPT-5.

Maybe OpenAI will go for a ChatGPT 2 upgrade, therefore skipping the GPT-5 model name entirely. With that in mind, could GPT2-Chatbot be the precursor of a future OpenAI evolution of ChatGPT? It’s too early to tell.

What seems clear here is that GPT2-Chatbot is quite advanced. According to some of the people who tested it, it’s apparently beating or matching GPT-4 (ChatGPT Plus) in benchmarks.

Others offered examples of problems where GPT2-Chatbot answered prompts correctly, including difficult math problems, while GPT-4 and other AI models couldn’t.

Siqi Chen went as far as to call GPT2-Chatbot “mildly scary” in a now-deleted tweet because it was able to solve a puzzle that other GPTs couldn’t figure out.

Chen also said that GPT2-Chatbot seems to have better reasoning than GPT-4 and Claude 3 Opus. But he speculated that the mysterious LLM isn’t GPT-4.5 or GPT-5.

You can test GPT2-Chatbot yourself right now by going to this link. Select Direct Chat and look up the model.

At the time of this writing, the rate limit for the model had been reached. It’s proof it went viral on social media. I tried asking it about its origins. Apparently, the mysterious model told others it’s GPT-4 from OpenAI, but a V2 version.

Large Model Systems Organization ( commented on the origin of the GPT2-Chatbot model they’re hosting on their website, saying this model is in testing, and they won’t divulge more details about it until it goes public:

Just to clarify, following our policy, we’ve partnered with several model developers to bring their new models to our platform for community preview testing. These models are strictly for testing and won’t be listed on the leaderboard until they go public.

Whether GPT2-Chatbot is GPT-5, a different ChatGPT upgrade, or something else, I still expect OpenAI to make some sort of big GPT-5 announcement later this year, even if the underlying model gets a different name.

Remember that Google grabbed everyone’s attention a few months ago when it launched the big Gemini 1.5 upgrade. Then Meta came out with its own generative AI models, which are rolling out slowly to Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. In light of that increased competition, upgrades to ChatGPT must be imminent.

On that note, it’ll be interesting to see which entity claims the mysterious new GPT2-Chatbot. If the GPT2-Chatbot isn’t from OpenAI, it could be just another GPT rival that puts even more pressure on the company to improve ChatGPT.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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