Is GPT-4 open-source or not?

Eray Eliaçik
Mar 14, 2023

Let's get this out of the way immediately: GPT-4 will not be open source. Like GPT-3, GPT-4 is expected to have access to the API restricted to authorized users who have obtained an API key. However, it could be a "lite GPT-4" depending on the API Beta program for researchers and developers to experiment with the model and explore its capabilities, albeit with some limitations.

Don't worry; the free version of ChatGPT will still be available. However, using its API will be paid. So why can't GPT-4 be open source?

GPT-4 open-source drama explained

While there are numerous upsides to open-sourcing a project, such as increased creativity and teamwork, there are also possible downsides, such as security risks and a diminished ability to compete. Hence, elements including the project's goals, intended audience, and organizational structure will influence the decision to open source the project.

Companies put millions of dollars into these ventures, so naturally, they expect a return on their investment. The decision of whether or not to make GPT-4 open source will ultimately be up to the developers and the organization behind the project. Moreover, both OpenAI and Microsoft are opposed to using open-source software for this purpose.

Credit: Microsoft

Check out the latest rumors about what is coming with GPT4.

Is GPT-4 price worth not being open source?

There is currently no reliable estimate of GPT-4's price tag. As OpenAI already requires payment for commercial usage of GPT-3, it would make sense for them to do the same with GPT-4.

The current rate for using GPT-3.5 turbo is about $0.002 for 1,000 tokens. To put it another way, the model costs $0.002 for every 750 words it produces.

Although GPT-4 is speculated to share a comparable footprint with GPT-3, it is anticipated to be far more potent and accurate than its forerunner. OpenAI might add fees for using GPT-4. But we cannot be sure until the company publishes a new pricing structure online.

Whatever the final price of GPT-4 is, you can try out OpenAI's other models for free before committing to a subscription.

GPT-4 release date gets closer day by day. Hence, very soon, we will know everything we need to know.

Regardless of whether or not GPT-4 is open source, it's likely to be a highly anticipated and influential project in the field of AI language models.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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