Lazy ChatGPT? Sam Altman Says AI Chatbot's Laziness 'Much Less' Now After OpenAI Rolled Out an Update

By Jace Dela Cruz

Feb 06, 2024 05:45 AM EST

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said that ChatGPT should be "much less lazy now" after the company rolled out an update to fix an issue that saw many users complain that the chatbot refused to complete tasks or slack off.

According to Fortune, the problem was acknowledged by OpenAI last December, and Altman clarified that they have not updated the model since November 11, "and this certainly isn't intentional."

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman gestures during a session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos on January 18, 2024.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Says ChatGPT 'Much Less Lazy Now'

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman admitted on Sunday that ChatGPT has made a slow start to the year but is now past its slump after the software update.

"Gpt-4 had a slow start on its new year's resolutions but should be much less lazy now," Altman said in a post on X, bringing relief to billions of workers and students relying on ChatGPT to write emails and code. 

OpenAI rolled out the software update in January, which the startup said fixed "laziness" issues in its advanced GPT-4 "turbo" model.

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Sam Altman Says ChatGPT Model Unpredictable

What exactly caused ChatGPT to refuse to complete tasks and give lackluster responses is still unclear. However, in an X post in December, OpenAI said that the AI chatbot's "behavior can be unpredictable." 

The company likened training chat models to training puppies, which don't always have the same response due to different personalities.

"Different training runs even using the same datasets can produce models that are noticeably different in personality, writing style, refusal behavior, evaluation performance, and even political bias," OpenAI noted in an X post.

Since it launched in 2022, ChatGPT has reportedly racked up some 1.7 billion users. 

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