😺 Next ChatGPT is Coming

PLUS: OpenAI's ex-board members SPEAK OUT!

Welcome, humans.

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Seriously, we spoke to someone recently who thought Nvidia chips were the latest Pringles flavor. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but wouldn't it be hilarious if Robinhood created a feature requiring investors to pass a Nvidia quiz before buying the stock?

And hey Pringles, if you do whip up a Nvidia-flavored potato chip, be sure to give credit where credit is due (in the form of royalties, obviously)!

Here’s what you need to know about AI today:

  • OpenAI is training the next version of ChatGPT.

  • This new model is built on mega-powerful Microsoft hardware.

  • 7% of Americans use ChatGPT every day.

  • Gemini 1.5 Pro + Advanced passed ChatGPT-4-Turbo on the LMSYS leaderboard.

On last week’s podcast: Pete explains Anthropic’s big research breakthrough that maps the mind of AI models (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube).

OpenAI is prepping the next version of ChatGPT.

A year ago, amid the buzz of ChatGPT-4's release, we began to worry that AI might be advancing too fast for the rest of the world to keep up.

The thought was: if ChatGPT-4 launched shortly after ChatGPT-3.5, then we could see a version far superior to GPT-4 emerge just as quickly.

So we waited. And waited. Yet no ChatGPT-5.

Instead, a year later, we got ChatGPT-4o, a significant upgrade over GPT-4, though not as drastic as the leap from GPT-3.5 to GPT-4.

created by ChatGPT-4o

Yesterday, OpenAI confirmed that it’s actively training the next version of ChatGPT. 

The model’s name is TBD—OpenAI hinted that it might not be GPT-5—but it’s teased by Sam Altman and others to blow all other models out of the water in multiple dimensions.

We also know that it’s being trained on Microsoft hardware orders of magnitude more powerful than previous hardware:

Why it matters: No one knows the exact arrival of this model, but we're eyeing early 2025, considering:

  1. OpenAI likes to take its sweet time between model releases.

  2. Training and fine-tuning new models typically take at least several months each.

  3. GPT-4o launched about a year after GPT-4, following a similar gap after GPT-3.5.

This suggests that ChatGPT-4o, with its full voice and vision capabilities, will likely be the best AI available through the end of 2024.

Also coming with GPT-5: New safety efforts, according to OpenAI.

It’s forming a new Safety and Security Committee featuring Board members Bret Taylor, Adam D’Angelo, Nicole Seligman, and Sam Altman (shocker) to ensure that the AI it’s building doesn’t kill us all.

Of course, this all comes less than two weeks after OpenAI dissolved its long-term AI risks team after both of the team’s leaders resigned. Jan Leike, one of the leaders who resigned and has since criticized OpenAI’s commitment to AI safety, just joined Anthropic.

Check out Pete’s analysis of the safety debate happening inside of OpenAI (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, & YouTube)!


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Around the Horn.

  • Gemini 1.5 Pro and Advanced now rank as the 2nd and 3rd most powerful models on the LMSYS chatbot leaderboard behind GPT-4o.

  • Elon Musk wants to build a 10,000-semiconductor supercomputer to train xAI’s upcoming Grok model.

  • ChatGPT has yet to decrease the # of visitors Wikipedia receives.

  • 47% of Americans have heard of ChatGPT, with 7% using it daily.

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