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Why ChatGPT is getting dumber at basic math

By Josh Zumbrun

04 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. ChatGPT and other chatbots have are actually getting worse at performing certain tasks. This phenomenon, known as drift, occurs when improvements to one part of an AI model cause other parts to deteriorate.

Since becoming widely available to the public last year, artificial-intelligence chatbots have dazzled people who experimented with them, kicked off a global development race and even contributed to the strike in Hollywood over their impact on writers and actors.

AI tools have also generated fear that they will inexorably improve and threaten humanity. OpenAI’s ChatGPT debuted to the public in November, sparking the current frenzy, followed by Chat GPT-4 in March, meant to be more powerful than its predecessor.

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