One of ChatGPT’s most notable limitations was its inability to access the latest information. This changed earlier this year as it gained the ability to source the most recent information for its responses. Now it seems that the chatbot’s knowledge bank has been quietly updated by OpenAI once again.
This is because numerous ChatGPT users have been reporting that GPT 4 has been able to respond with newer data up until September 2023. Previously, the AI tool’s reach was limited up until September 2021 or January 2022.
However, ChatGPT has mentioned incorrect end dates for its knowledge bank in the past and also misquoted system prompts, so it is advisable to take this news with a degree of skepticism.
But it is worth mentioning that ChatGPT was able to partially talk about events that took place in 2022, meaning its information was indeed updated past the previous September 2021 limitation at the very least. For instance, it was able to reference Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
However, the same cannot be said for all ChatGPT models. Some users report that they still get earlier ending data for the training data at around the end of January 2022 or September 2022. But open testing GPT 3.5 and GPT 4, we found that the chatbot was actually able to reference recent information.
The specific activated model may vary depending on the access and query, potentially accounting for the disparities in training dates. OpenAI has not issued any statements regarding the divergence in training end dates at this time.
OpenAI is reportedly working on a newer “copilot-gpt-4-2” model, which will have training data up until March 2023, according to a leak sourced from Reddit.
There might be a combination of factors at play, such as blending, A-B testing, or a phased rollout. The leak says that we should expect to see a 32K context window on the upcoming model.
OpenAI has a developer conference coming up on November 6 where it’s expected to announce a new model. Company CEO Sam Altman says that there will be no new GPT models for the time being, but there will still be significant news to look forward to.