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GPT-5 Still On Hold, Asserts OpenAI's Sam Altman Amid Concerns Over Rapid AI Advancements

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman confirmed the company has not yet started work on GPT-5, highlighting efforts to address safety concerns amid calls to pause AI advancements.

OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman has reaffirmed that the company has not yet commenced work on GPT-5, the next-generation large language model, despite mounting pressure to accelerate advancements in artificial intelligence (AI).

Altman was speaking at an Economic Times-hosted conference in India where he stated, "We have a lot of work to do before we start that model. We're working on the new ideas that we think we need for it, but we are certainly not close to it to start."

His comments come months after over 1,100 signatories, including tech luminaries like Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, signed an open letter urging all AI labs to halt training more powerful AI systems than GPT-4 for at least six months. Responding to the letter, Altman acknowledged that it lacked technical nuances but reiterated that OpenAI had not started working on GPT-5.

Addressing concerns over AI safety, Altman revealed that the company was implementing measures such as external audits, red-teaming, and safety tests to ensure potential dangers were effectively managed. He stated, "When we finished GPT-4, it took us more than six months until we were ready to release it."

OpenAI has also opposed the regulation of smaller AI startups. "The only regulation we have called for is on ourselves and people bigger," Altman clarified. His trip to India is part of a broader effort to engage with policymakers and industry stakeholders worldwide, urging them to think seriously about the potential abuse and downsides of AI proliferation.