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ChatGPT, AI, and Implications for Higher Education

Image Text: GPT-4 Image shows a robot and human holding hands.

OpenAI’s new iteration of ChatGPT (GPT-4) was introduced on March 14th, 2023. This version includes substantial updates to their former artificial intelligence language model, GPT-3. It is currently available behind a paywall in the form of a ChatGPT Plus subscription. [1]  Microsoft's Bing chat, also called the "new Bing," runs on GPT-4. [8]


Notable Updates

  • An increase in input/output capacity from approximately 8,000 words to 25,000 words [2]  
  • “GPT4 is more creative and collaborative than before. It can generate, edit, and iterate with users on creative and technical writing tasks such as composing songs, writing screenplays, or learning a user’s writing style” [3]
  • Beta-testing of connectivity to “third-party knowledge sources and databases, including the web,” expanding the former dataset beyond information from September 2021 or before [4]  
  • The ability to analyze images while producing responses such as analyses, captions, and classifications [2] (with new applications such as ‘Be My Eyes,’ which provides larger access to the world for visually impaired persons [5]).  
  • A more multilingual system with higher accuracy in 24 languages than GPT-3 [6] 
  • An increase in accuracy for responses by 40% and a decrease in banned or disallowed content found in responses by 82% [2] 


Further Reading


 1. OpenAI. (2023, February 1). Introducing chatgpt plus. Introducing ChatGPT Plus. Retrieved from 

 2. OpenAI. (n.d.). GPT-4. Retrieved April 11, 2023, from

 3. Bushwick, S. (2023, March 16). What the new GPT-4 AI can do. Scientific American. Retrieved from 

 4. Wiggers, K. (2023, March 24). OpenAI connects Chatgpt to the internet. TechCrunch. Retrieved from 

 5. Lawrence, C. (2023, March 23). Be my eyes is collaborating with OpenAI's GPT-4 to improve accessibility for blind and low-vision people. Retrieved from 

6. Open AI. (2023, March 14). GPT-4. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from  

 7. Bathgate, R. (2023, March 15). OpenAI announces multimodal GPT-4 promising "human-level performance". IT PRO. Retrieved from

8. Ortiz, S. (2023, March 15). Want to experience GPT-4? just use bing chat. ZDNET. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from




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