Though ChatGPT 3— arguably the most helpful version of Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot developed by OpenAI until now— launched in 2020, it hasn’t been long since people got the hang of it. People are using this generative AI for all sorts of questioning, blog writing, paper writing, and others. The popularity of ChatGPT has spread like wildfire. It wouldn’t be wrong to compare its popularity to the popularity of sugar in Europe in the 19th century. Ironically, until 1850, only wealthy people in society could afford sugar, and then, thanks to Napoleon, beet sugar became available in the British market and became affordable. People were hooked on this cheap yet tasty pick-me-up and couldn’t get enough. The same goes for GPT-4 and ChatGPT Plus. Like sugar in 1850, only people who have subscribed to the ChatGPT Plus can use GPT-4 features, which are more enhanced than its predecessor.
ChatGPT, GPT-4, and ChatGPT Plus
For the uninitiated, ChatGPT is a large language model (LLM) -based AI Chatbot trained on human dialogues in the form of text. It can produce texts and responses in the form of human-like output when prompted. It can generate poems, make up conversations and stories and help you write blogs and reports. On the other hand, GPT, short for generative pre-trained transfer, is an LLM. It uses a larger dataset of texts and codes for training than the AI chatbot. And OpenAI, the official company behind this transforming technology, has just released its newest version GPT-4.
GPT-4 is presently unavailable for everyone as it costs a USD 20 subscription, but you can join the API waitlist.
“We’re making GPT-4 available as an API for developers to build applications and services”, says OpenAI on its website.
There is another way to get inexpensive access as a researcher. If you’re into research and want to research, say on the societal impact of AI, or write papers on OpenAI’s GPT-4, you can fill out a form and hit submit to get subsidized access through their research access program.
Anyway, if you’re a ChatGPT user and you’ve been using it to feed your curiosity or simply write blogs or articles, you might have noticed that it doesn’t always produce the desired result. To put it more straightforwardly, its features are basic and limited. GPT-4 offers an upgradation of those features and more.
ChatGPT was bound by limited text (3000-word limit) as input which restricted its response to more conceptual and contextual queries, but GPT-4 can offer a massive 25000-word intake for asking your questions with context. Not only that, you can give it a website URL and it will summarize or give you a brief idea about the content of the webpage.
Regarding visuals, GPT-4 can take images as input and provide you with analytical responses as well. If you enter an image of balloons tied to ropes, it will inform you that the balloons will fly away when you sever the thread. It is unclear whether it can do the same with videos, but this is a significant enhancement.
GPT-4 is more logical, analytical, and creative with its response than its predecessor. And that’s the thing about technology, constant improvement. GPT-4 is performing better than ChatGPT when it comes to human-made tests. In Uniform Bar Exams, a test conducted by NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) for law aspirants in 26 US states, GPT-4 was amongst the 90th percentiles outperforming ChatGPT (10th).
OpenAI is currently offering a 20 USD subscription for ChatGPT Plus. ChatGPT Plus is an upgrade over the previous ChatGPT. It can respond to dialogue-based conversations like ChatGPT but with more creative and contextual responses. It utilizes GPT-4’s longer context feature to come with longer content for its users, which is useful for people writing survey reports and research papers. It’s a great tool to have while writing.
How to use GPT-4 on ChatGPT right now?
It is natural for people to be curious about things, but curiosity about the latest technologies is what I appreciate even more. People who have been using ChatGPT are now interested in using GPT-4. So, how can you use GPT-4, and more importantly, how can you use GPT-4 on the same ChatGPT platform?
OpenAI says that you have to take the 20 USD subscription plan to use ChatGPT Plus, and by doing so, you access the features of GPT-4 over the ChatGPT platform. And if you don’t you can still use ChatGPT like before. So, if you haven’t taken the subscription and you open GPT-4 from the OpenAI website, you’ll be redirected to ChatGPT, and if you do decide to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus, here is how you can do that:
Step 1 - Open the OpenAI website
Step 2 - Go to ChatGPT under the “Product” section and log in
Step 3 - Click the "Upgrade to Plus" button in the left navigation bar
Step 4 - Click the "Upgrade plan" button on the following page
Step 5 - Enter your payment information and click the "Pay" button
Voila, now you have access to the most powerful generative AI– as of now.
How can I use GPT-4 for free?
So, all hope is not lost if you do not have 20 bucks. There are still some ways you can benefit from some features of GPT-4.
For one, as I mentioned earlier, you can join the API waitlist through Open AI. OpenAI is offering GPT-4 to developers for creating tools using GPT-4 features and API integrations. So, if you are a developer, that is a good option.
Secondly, OpenAI also offers GPT-4 limited access to researchers who want to research GPT-4 (AI LLM) and its social and economic impacts. So, if you are an academician and want to use GPT-4, you can fill out the OpenAI Research Access Program form.
Thirdly, use Bing Chat. Microsoft Inc. hinted that its Bing Search engine uses GPT-4 on its Bing Chat feature, which is integrated with Bing. You can open the Microsoft Edge browser on any Windows laptop and simply type your query into the Bing search bar and click the "Chat" button. You will then be able to interact with a chatbot powered by GPT-4. The range of features available with Bing Chat is still unknown, but you can certainly use and explore it.
So GPT-4 is here, and if you are curious about trying out its capabilities, you can follow the above-said ways to do so but keep in mind that GPT-4 is still under development, so it may not always be perfect. However, it is a powerful tool that can be used for various kinds of purposes. If you are interested in trying it out, I encourage you to sign up for ChatGPT Plus or use Bing.
What are the major differences between GPT-4 and its predecessors?
Here are the 5 key differences between GPT-4 and its predecessors -
- GPT-4 is more creative
- GPT-4 made visual input possible
- GPT-4 accepts a longer context
- GPT-4 has advanced reasoning capabilities
- GPT-4 is more safe and accurate
How can GPT-4 be used for free?
GPT-4 can be used for free in the following 3 ways -
- Join the API waitlist
- Fill out the OpenAI Research Access Program Form
- Use Bing Chat