ChatGPT users in recent weeks have increasingly reported a bizarre phenomenon: the artificial intelligence program is taking extra prodding to fully exercise user commands. Effectively, the A.I. has been getting lazier—and its creators know it.
“We’ve heard all your feedback about GPT4 getting lazier,” OpenAI said via the ChatGPT twitter account. “We haven’t updated the model since Nov. 11, and this certainly isn’t intentional. Model behavior can be unpredictable, and we’re looking into fixing it.”
The company clarified in a later statement that it was unlikely the model somehow changed itself in that time.
“To be clear, the idea is not that the model has somehow changed itself since Nov. 11,” OpenAI wrote. “It’s just that differences in model behavior can be subtle—only a subset of prompts may be degraded, and it may take a long time for customers and employees to notice and fix these patterns.”