GPT-4: I Think We’re On the Verge

A glimpse into the impending AI evolution

There have been many pivotal moments in tech-history. I say this because I truly believe we’re on another verge. GPT-4 is incredibly impressive. It has about a 100 trillion parameters. Our brains have about 86 billion neurons and roughly a 100 trillion synapses. It’s incredibly quick and can generate unique responses for each of your questions. I’ve already transitioned to using it for most of my searches. I even asked myself, “has Google always been this bad?” We’re starting to get spoiled.

What were some of the other pivotal moments in tech-history?

Invention of the printing press (1440): Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press with movable type was a pivotal moment in tech history, as it allowed books to be mass-produced for the first time, paving the way for the dissemination of knowledge and the spread of literacy.

Invention of the telephone (1876): Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone revolutionized communication, making it possible to speak with people who were not in the same room, city, or even country.

Invention of the first computer (1939–1945): The invention of the first computer, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC), by John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry during World War II, marked the beginning of the digital age.

Introduction of the personal computer (1975): The introduction of the first personal computer, the Altair 8800, by Ed Roberts and Bill Gates, made computing accessible to individuals and small businesses for the first time.

Development of the internet (1960s-1990s): The development of the internet, from the early days of ARPANET to the World Wide Web, changed the way we communicate, work, and live our lives.

Launch of the first smartphone (1992): IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator, launched in 1992, was the first smartphone and marked the beginning of the mobile revolution.

Launch of social media platforms (2004–2006): The launch of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube transformed the way we connect with each other, consume and share information, and engage with brands.

Introduction of cloud computing (2006): The introduction of cloud computing, which allows users to access computing resources and data remotely via the internet, transformed the way businesses and individuals store, process, and share information.

Then we get to the iPhone. The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 was a significant moment in tech history that transformed the mobile industry. The iPhone was the first smartphone to feature a multi-touch screen and a graphical user interface that made it easy to use for consumers. The iPhone also introduced the concept of mobile applications, or “apps”, which has since become a booming industry with millions of apps available for download today. The success of the iPhone paved the way for other smartphones, such as Android devices, and changed the way we communicate, access information, and interact with technology.

While there have been a couple of additional advancements since 2007, I believe that this is the largest step forward since the iPhone. Welcome to the new age.

ChatGPT is impressive because it is a large language model based on the GPT-3.5 architecture, which has been trained on a massive amount of text data, including books, articles, and web pages. With over 175 billion parameters, ChatGPT has the ability to generate human-like responses to a wide range of questions and topics, making it an incredibly powerful tool for natural language processing.

What sets ChatGPT apart from other language models is its ability to generate coherent, contextually relevant responses that can mimic human conversation with remarkable accuracy. This is made possible by its deep learning algorithms and its ability to learn from vast amounts of text data. Additionally, ChatGPT can also perform a variety of tasks such as text classification, text completion, and text summarization, making it a versatile and highly useful tool for various applications.

It also has the ability to learn and adapt to new information in real-time. This means that it can continually improve its responses as it encounters new text data, making it even more accurate and helpful. Furthermore, ChatGPT can understand and generate responses in multiple languages, making it a valuable tool for global communication and language learning.

ChatGPT’s capabilities have also been demonstrated in various applications, such as customer service chatbots, virtual assistants, and language translation tools. Its ability to understand and generate natural language responses has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology and each other. ChatGPT has the potential to facilitate more efficient and effective communication between people and machines, leading to better outcomes in various fields, including healthcare, education, and business.

GPT-4 has surpassed ChatGPT’s capabilities and is continuing to improve. I’m excited and equally horrified to see what GPT-5, 6, 7, 8, etc. will look like. There are already philosophical discussions occurring in the AI world to try to understand whether GPT-4 is sentient or not (that’s the frightening part).


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