OpenAI recently updated ChatGPT, the AI chatbot, with GPT-4, which gave the chatbot an impressive range of capabilities. However, reports suggest that OpenAI is already working on the next major software upgrade for ChatGPT, GPT-5, which is set to release in winter.
If the reports are true, GPT-5 may be the key to achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI), which would make ChatGPT indistinguishable from a human.
The concept of AGI is both exciting and unsettling because we do not fully understand what it is capable of. While GPT-5 may be able to make ChatGPT indistinguishable from a human, it will still surpass the human brain’s ability to process data and generate content.
GPT-4 already gave ChatGPT significant new capabilities, including support for multimodal input, which allows it to process data from both text and images to generate responses, and the ability to connect to the live internet via plugins. Additionally, GPT-4 can pass most exams with flying colors, outperforming its predecessor.
According to developer Siqi Chen, GPT-5 is expected to complete its training in December, and OpenAI expects it to achieve AGI. However, it is still too early to discuss the secrets of GPT-5 before the software update is ready.
Once artificial intelligence achieves AGI, it will be able to reason and understand concepts and tasks like a human, which means chatting with ChatGPT may become almost like talking to a human.
However, at this point, we can only speculate about the potential consequences of ChatGPT achieving AGI since we have no model to compare it to. It is possible that GPT-5 will offer even better features than GPT-4, supporting multiple input methods and generating results even faster and with more accuracy. It may be able to assist with even more complex tasks, such as writing better code than its predecessor.
While the rise of AI is not a cause for immediate concern, it has already become a tool for criminals. Europol has expressed concern about the potential misuse of the current non-AGI version of ChatGPT by criminals. It is possible that we may see an intermediate version of ChatGPT, GPT-4.5, which is expected to launch in September or October, before GPT-5 is released.
Overall, the potential for AGI in ChatGPT is exciting, but it is important to consider the implications and potential consequences before we fully embrace it.