OpenAI is actively engaged in developing the GPT-5 artificial intelligence model and seeks additional investment from Microsoft to support its ongoing projects. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman provided insights into the company’s plans.
Advancements in GPT-5:
Altman revealed that OpenAI engineers are already working on GPT-5, which is expected to surpass the capabilities of GPT-4. While specific technical improvements remain uncertain, Altman emphasized the need for more extensive data for training compared to previous models. The company aims to source data from publicly available platforms and through partnerships with external organizations.
Current Landscape with GPT-4:
OpenAI’s flagship product, GPT-4, released in March, marked a substantial leap forward. The neural network demonstrated enhanced question-answering capabilities and increased accuracy. Additionally, OpenAI introduced an improved version, GPT-4 Turbo, last week.
Financial Outlook and Microsoft Investment:
Developing large language models incurs significant expenses, particularly associated with expensive hardware accelerators like the NVIDIA H100. Despite supply challenges, Altman mentioned the company’s optimism about receiving a new batch by year-end. OpenAI is seeking additional investments, considering Microsoft’s initial investment of $10 billion, with a potential secondary asset sale at an $86 billion valuation.
Towards Artificial General Intelligence (AGI):
OpenAI’s long-term engineering goal is to achieve Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), a hypothetical model capable of diverse tasks and continuous learning. Large language models, like GPT-5, are crucial milestones on the journey to AGI, but Altman emphasized that there are many more challenges beyond this stage, notes NIX Solutions.
The past year saw financial success for OpenAI, but achieving profitability remains a goal. The company continues to navigate challenges, including the evolving supply chain for hardware accelerators, while maintaining focus on its broader mission.