OpenAI released an update to ChatGPT, which aims to improve accuracy and factuality. As of today, ChatGPT's knowledge is still limited to 2021 data, which means it can't answer current questions.
Following an extended period of downtime on Tuesday, ChatGPT is up and running with a new model.
This is the first update to ChatGPT this year and the second update to the model since its launch in November.
Once you open the interface, a popup message lists the changes in what OpenAI calls the “Jan 9 version” update.
Aside from the accuracy update, users are now able to stop the app while it’s in the process of generating a response. Some users have also requested this feature before and it’s about time they get this update.
However, the details of the updates in the release notes are quite limited, so it has to be tested to learn more about the new functionalities added to ChatGPT.
Another issue users have recorded was that ChatGPT may be more accurate now, but its knowledge is still outdated and limited to 2021 data.
For example, previously, ChatGPT could not accurately identify how many times Argentina won the FIFA World Cup.
As shown in the tweet below, ChatGPT didn’t always return the correct answer:
Asked #ChatGPT abt who won the FIFA world cup in 2022. It couldn't answer. That's expected. However, it seems to provide wrong information (abt the other 2 wins) even though the information is there in the system. Any #Explanations? pic.twitter.com/fvxe05N12p— indranil sinharoy (@indranil_leo) December 29, 2022
Disregarding the 2022 World Cup win, because ChatGPT’s knowledge is limited to 2021, it should say Argentina has won it two times. Once in 1978 and again in 1986.
There are more failures in accuracy that users have recorded in the past that they’ve made an archive of it on GitHub and Reddit.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the areas in which ChatGPT can return more accurate responses. But it would be helpful if OpenAI could provide specific details in the release notes of future updates.
That said, the public still needs to be careful when using ChatGPT as a source of information.
Although it provides correct answers to many questions, it’s currently not dependable enough to replace Google, Bing, or other popular search engines.