Is GPT-4 the Key to Unlocking Artificial General Intelligence? New Research Suggests So

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3 min readApr 6, 2023

After conducting 154 pages of tests, a recent paper has concluded that GPT-4 could potentially be an early version of an artificial general intelligence system. For those who don’t know, this would be a major development as an AGI system would be able to mimic the human mind by reasoning, learning, and problem-solving. Though the research has sparked interest in the data science community as many experts working with these systems seem to believe that GPT-4 represents something extraordinary, it doesn’t exactly mean what science fiction has popularized.

As you’d imagine, the paper highlights the breadth and depth of GPT-4’s capabilities. And its conclusion suggests that GPT-4 may be viewed as an incomplete version of artificial general intelligence. While the findings should be taken with skepticism, the confidence of those involved in its development is noteworthy. That’s because many within the AI field consider AGI as the ultimate goal of their research.

OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is among those at the forefront of the development of artificial general intelligence. The company’s CEO, Sam Altman has expressed confidence in their ability to build AGI, making it clear that they are all-in on the project. He also took to Twitter to express how artificial general intelligence systems could help solve many of humanity’s problems last summer:

If you also go through other social media platforms, you’ll find examples of GPT-4 providing impressive results in NLP, with some discussing its ability to generate text that is difficult to distinguish from that written by a human. With continued development, GPT-4 could potentially be used to create more advanced chatbots and improve various NLP-powered applications.

As you can imagine, the AI research community is excited about the possibilities of artificial general intelligence. And with potential advancements helping to make it possible, it seems that an artificial general intelligence system could be in the future. But as you’d also expect, there are concerns about the ethical implications of developing such technology, as well as the potential for it to be misused. This is one reason that responsible AI is a fast-growing sub-field within data science.

Much of this is due to many within the community seeing powerful AI systems on the horizon which could greatly impact society. As the development of AGI continues, it will be crucial for data scientists and other professionals to keep a close eye on the technology’s progress and its potential impact. While it is too early to predict the exact capabilities of GPT-4 and future AGI systems, if they ever come to fruition, it is clear that they represent a significant step forward in the development of intelligent machines.

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