“No, we haven’t made GPT-4 dumber”

Is GPT-4 getting worse? Peter Welinder, VP Product at OpenAI, comments on the rumors: “No, we haven’t made GPT-4 dumber. Quite the opposite: we make each new version smarter than the previous one,” says Welinder. His hypothesis: “When you use it more heavily, you start noticing issues you didn’t see before.”

Still, he asked on Twitter for examples of where users felt GPT-4’s performance had regressed. OpenAI will look into this, Welinder promises. One example from the comments, where GPT-4 only gives the correct answer after a second attempt, he claims is a bug.

Field reports of GPT-4 performance degradation have been around for a few weeks now, often pointing to a performance difference between access via API and via ChatGPT, where the OpenAI language model integration is regularly adjusted. The opacity of this process may also contribute to uncertainty among users.

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