Published on November 8, 2023, 3:38 pm
ChatGPT, the popular AI-powered chatbot, is set to become more informed and accommodating to users’ queries about recent events. OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, announced at their Dev Day conference for developers that the knowledge cutoff dates for both GPT-3.5 and the upcoming GPT-4.0 have been extended.
The previous version, GPT-3.5, had a cutoff date of September 2021. However, with this update, the cutoff date has been pushed forward to January 2022. This means that users will encounter fewer instances of unanswered questions or outdated information when engaging with the chatbot regarding recent events.
Even more exciting is the announcement of GPT-4 Turbo, the latest iteration in development. OpenAI has revealed that its cutoff date will be as recent as April 2023. With these extended timeframes, ChatGPT’s responses about relatively recent events are expected to be more accurate and precise.
The limitations imposed by earlier cutoff dates not only frustrated users but also hindered ChatGPT’s effectiveness as a research tool. To access real-time information previously, users had to rely on the Browse with Bing option available exclusively to ChatGPT Plus subscribers who paid a monthly fee of $20. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman acknowledged his own frustration with the prior cutoff dates at the Dev Day event and reassured users that they would strive to keep information up-to-date moving forward.
To put these new changes to the test, I ran ChatGPT in GPT-3.5 mode and asked a simple question: “What major events happened in November 2021?” Impressively, the chatbot provided me with a comprehensive list of specific events from that month including important conferences and legislative developments.
For GPT-4.0, I conducted another experiment by asking ChatGPT if Betty White was still alive without relying on Browse with Bing. The chatbot responded by stating, “As of my last update in April 2023, Betty White passed away on December 31, 2021.” This demonstrates that the chatbot can provide recent information without external assistance.
While there were initial hiccups in retrieving the right information during some queries, ChatGPT eventually adjusted and delivered accurate and updated responses. These improvements are a promising step towards enhancing the user experience and making ChatGPT a more reliable source of information about current events.
With extended knowledge cutoff dates for both GPT-3.5 and the upcoming GPT-4 Turbo, ChatGPT users can look forward to a more informed and up-to-date chatbot that is better equipped to address their inquiries about recent events.