Wed 15 March 2023 17:32, UK

OpenAI has unveiled the next generation of its AI chatbot, GPT-4. Here’s how to use the language model, but it’s not available to everyone.

The internet was sent into a frenzy in December 2022 after OpenAI released ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot with the ability to conduct realistic text conversations, write code, and create jokes. The possibilities were endless and slightly concerning as users applied the technology to work and assessments. After all, it passed a Wharton Business School exam with “flying colors”.

ChatGPT had noticeable errors in basic logical math problems, but OpenAI has stepped things up with the new update named GPT-4.

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How is OpenAI’s GPT-4 different from ChatGPT?

In comparison to the previous models, GPT-4 is multimodal, meaning it can accept and process images as well as text. An example on the website previewed the skill by presenting images of flour, eggs, and butter, asking the chatbot to suggest recipes utilizing those ingredients.

It can also process over 25,000 words of text, allowing it to create long-form content such as in-depth analysis and conversations. ChatGPT was previously limited to 3000.

A third improvement is the ability to produce and modify technical tasks more accurately. OpenAI demonstrated the skill by asking the chatbot to summarize the story of Cinderella, but each word had to start with a letter of the alphabet in chronological order – and it did so seamlessly.

Statistics proved that GPT-4 outperformed its predecessors; the update scored in the top percentile (90th) in the Uniform Bar Exam, while ChatGPT was ranked 10th.

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How to use and access GPT-4

GPT-4 has been released, but it is only available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers and those who gained API access through the API waitlist.

To join through ChatGPT Plus:

  1. Visit the OpenAI website and scroll down until you see the button “Try ChatGPT”.
  2. It should open a new page with the URL
  3. Click on “Upgrade To Plus” on the bottom left.
  4. Upgrade your plan to Plus for $20 per month.

Benefits include available access when there is high traffic, faster response speed, and priority access to new features. Eager users were faced with ChatGPT’s “at capacity” message for days after it went viral.

Developers hoping to access it as an API by joining the waitlist should follow these steps:

  1. Search “gpt 4 api waitlist” in Google and click on the first link.
  2. Enter your information into the provided form and wait for an invitation.

How to use GPT-4:

  1. Log into your ChatGPT Plus account and select GPT-4 from the model drop-down menu.
  2. Type in your request into the conversation bar on the bottom – it is the same process as ChatGPT.
  3. Click the send icon button and wait for the chatbot to respond.

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