ChatGPT is back online, after a crash, users around the world were unable to use the AI chatbot.
According to Down Detector, the problems started around 08:45 GMT and affected users worldwide.
While the reason for the outage remains unclear, 82 percent of those who reported problems said they had issues with ChatGPT, 11 percent with logging in, and 7 percent with the website.
Users flocked to social media to express their dismay at being unable to access the revolutionary artificial intelligence tool.
One said, ‘OMG!!! Thought it was just me! ChatGPT is down worldwide. And I can’t think for myself anymore, so that’s a problem!!! #ChatGPT’
ChatGPT crashed this morning, preventing users around the world from using the AI chatbot
According to Down Detector, the problems with ChatGPT started around 08:45 GMT and are affecting users worldwide
Another added: “Thousands of people don’t know what to write right now… Since #ChatGP #OpenAI isn’t working!”
WHAT IS CHATGPT?
ChatGPT is a large language model trained on a massive amount of text data, allowing it to generate eerily human-like text in response to a given prompt
OpenAI says its ChatGPT model is trained using a machine learning technique called Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF).
This can simulate dialogue, answer follow-up questions, admit errors, challenge false premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
It responds to text prompts from users and can be asked to write essays, lyrics for songs, stories, marketing pitches, scripts, letters of complaint, and even poetry.
The OpenAI status page today noted an incident that read “Outage on chat.openai.com.”
At 02:18 PDT (09:18 GMT), an update was added stating that the company was investigating the issue.
The incident was resolved almost an hour later.
Some users expressed disappointment that those paying the $20 (£16.40) monthly subscription to ChatGPT Plus are not getting their money’s worth as a result of the outage.
This service currently offers a stripped down version of GPT-4 – the new and even more powerful version of the AI chatbot.
One Twitter user wrote: “ChatGPT+ users who actually pay so they don’t get a c****y service have been unable to use Chat GPT for hours now….
“It’s okay if you don’t pay for a service, but I’m not paying $20 a month for this. Worst, no updates/communication about the problem’
OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has not yet provided a reason for the outage.
ChatGPT is a large language model trained on a huge amount of text data, which allows it to generate human-like text responses to a given prompt.
The current version, released in November by start-up OpenAI, is known as GPT3.5 and appears to have a huge range of capabilities.
Users flocked to social media to express their dismay at being unable to access the revolutionary artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT
For example, it has been used to take exams, deliver a sermon, write software, and provide relationship advice.
But the new, more powerful version, GPT-4, was released to ChatGPT Plus subscribers last week.
This can accept input in the form of images as well as text, but still outputs its responses in text, meaning it can provide detailed image descriptions.
When asked ‘What’s funny about this image?’ GPT-4 will reply. Among other things, it can instantly calculate people’s tax liability and pass the Uniform Bar Exam.
The OpenAI status page today noted an incident that read “Outage on chat.openai.com.” At 02:18 PDT (09:18 GMT) an update was added stating that the company was investigating the issue
OpenAI has already developed a text-to-image AI, DALL-E, which was released last year.
The reason for this outage has yet to be confirmed, but the platform often denies users access when capacity is reached.
ChatGPT averaged 13 million daily users in January, making it the fastest-growing Internet app of all time, according to analytics firm CompareWeb.
It took TikTok about nine months after its global launch to reach 100 million users, and Instagram more than two years.
OpenAI, a private company backed by Microsoft Corp., made ChatGPT available to the public for free at the end of November.
The new features of GPT-4
The big new feature here is that GPT-4 can respond to visual prompts – so it can answer, for example, “What’s funny about this picture?”
Longer prompts and answers
GPT-4 can now accept prompts of up to 25,000 words and output text of a similar length.
It can learn your writing style
GPT-4 is able to teach a certain writing style, making it an ideal partner for creative projects.
Better exam results
GPT-4 is now in the top 10% for exams like the Uniform Bar Exam.
Better to get the facts right
GPT-4 is 40% less likely to have factual errors – although that’s still the case – and 82% less likely to have banned content.
It can interact with web links
You can now ask GPT-4 to interact with web page content.