What is GPT-4 and what can it do?

What is GPT-4 and what can it do?
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We’re wondering what is GPT-4, the recently rolled out AI model, and whether it is the same as ChatGPT.

GPT-4 is the latest installment from OpenAI responsible for ChatGPT and Dall-E 2 and comes with a load of new capabilities. Like other AI tools including Notion AI, GPT-4 is a chatbot designed for a host of uses – it can write essays, pass the bar exam and write code in all major programming languages.

Compared to its older counterpart, GPT-3.5, GPT-4 uses what’s known as “multimodal” technology, meaning you can input images and have the AI create entirely new images that don’t exist yet. It also allows longer content input up to 25,000 words, and is potentially safer to use with a firmer sense of ethics built into the system.

If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of what GPT-4 can do, head over to PC Guide who’s got you covered.

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Is ChatGPT the same as GPT-4?

It’s a bit confusing, but they’re actually different.

If it helps, you can think of ChatGPT as the entire PC, and GPT-4 as a new CPU (the brain of the computer).

The ‘Chat’ suffix in ChatGPT makes ChatGPT specifically geared towards chatting and answering user queries. GPT-4, meanwhile, has a much larger scope beyond chatbots. For example, it can be used in other apps like Duolingo or even by the Government of Iceland, which is using GPT-4 to aid the preservation of the Icelandic language.

Where is GPT-4 available?

You can access GPT-4 via ChatGPT Plus via OpenAI’s website. Unfortunately,GPT-4 is not free to use. You have to sign up for a subscription known as ChatGPT Plus to access GPT-4 which costs $20 per month. Given ChatGPT is the fastest growing consumer platform in history, you can expect extensive wait times to use it.

Once you’re into ChatGPT, you’ll have to select the GPT-4 model through a dropdown list.

Frequently asked questions

What does GPT-4 stand for?

GPT-4 stands for “Generative Pretrained Transformer 4”, and was released in mid-March.

What’s possible with GPT-4?

The major update with GPT-4 is text to image recognition, meaning GPT-4 can create, edit and ‘understand’ images you input. This doesn’t include AI videos just yet though.