OpenAI announces GPT-4 model capable of using both images and text as input

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OpenAI has announced the latest version of its GPT language model, GPT-4, which can now accept images as well as text as input. The GPT language model forms the foundation for AI chatbots such as ChatGPT and the new Bing search engine.
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According to OpenAI, GPT-4 can accept both images and text as input to generate text as output. While the company emphasizes that the new model is still less capable than humans in many real-world situations, it reportedly performs at a human-level on various professional and academic benchmarks.

Compared to its predecessor, GPT-3.5, which only accepts text as input, the differences between GPT-3.5 and GPT-4.0 may be subtle in a normal, informal conversation. However, OpenAI suggests that the differences become more apparent when the task becomes more complex. GPT-4 is said to be more reliable and creative, and can handle more nuanced instructions.

Explain what is funny

OpenAI has showcased some examples of GPT-4's capabilities, including asking the model to explain what is funny about a particular image. The company reports that it took six months to refine the performance of the latest version. A year ago, GPT-3.5 was trained as an initial test session for the new system, with bugs and theoretical foundations being improved upon. Based on this, the GPT-4 test session was "unparalleled stable", making it the first OpenAI language model with predictable and accurate training performance.

The text input capability of GPT-4 will be released through ChatGPT and the API of the new model, with a waiting list. To make the image input capability more widely available, OpenAI is currently working with a single partner, Be My Eyes, a mobile app to make the world more accessible to blind and visually impaired people.