ChatGPT updates: Student guide

OpenAI has launched new updates on its coveted software ChatGPT, allowing its users to utilize voice and image capabilities alongside browsing the internet. OpenAI states that this update offers a “new, more intuitive interface by allowing you to have a voice conversation or show ChatGPT what you’re talking about.” This update is another chapter in the AI race, forcing creators and developers to adopt new application features to stay one step ahead. But how does this affect university students? How could you revolutionize your learning through ChatGPT’s newly updated system? We at Cybernews Academy will explore how to use these new features and give you some ideas on how to use these new features to revolutionize the way you work.

New features

OpenAI is beginning to roll out new voice and image capabilities and other crucial changes to revolutionize the app. The creators of ChatGPT state that these unique functions will provide new, more efficient ways to use the program in your everyday life.


OpenAI is slowly integrating voice options into ChatGPT. Now, you can engage in back-and-forth conversations with the bot, which can aid you in many ways. You could settle a debate with your fellow students and ask ChatGPT to provide detailed instructions via speech if you struggle with reading long pieces of text. A new text-to-speech model powers this new voice technology and is “capable of generating human-like audio from just text.” OpenAI has collaborated with professional voice actors to create different voices. The company also uses Whisper, an open-source speech recognition system, to transcribe your speech into text.


Similarly, OpenAI is integrating image options into their software so you can “snap a picture of a landmark when traveling and have a live conversation about what’s interesting about it.” You could even take a picture of your homework or coursework and have ChatGPT help you solve a problem. Imagine you’re coding, and you encounter an issue in your code. A quick solution would be to take a picture and ask ChatGPT how to approach the problem. In ChatGPT’s mobile app, you can also use the drawing tool to help point out specific issues. OpenAI states that “vision-based models also present new challenges, ranging from hallucinations about people in the pictures to relying on the model’s interpretation of images.” OpenAI has made the image feature safe by testing the model with red teamers to analyze risks such as extremism and scientific proficiency.


OpenAI is rolling out the browse feature to plus users. ChatGPT can browse the internet and provide up-to-date information surrounding your chosen topic. This feature also includes complete information with direct links and sources. This new capability will make your research efforts much smoother with current information you can trust. Imagine asking ChatGPT a question surrounding your research and receiving contemporary information with links to sources to cite in your essays. This feature is exclusive to ChatGPT-4. To try, click ‘Profile and Settings,’ select the ‘Beta features,’ and press the toggle ‘Browse with Bing.’


We at Cybernews Academy have discussed ChatGPT’s security. With these new developments in the program, safety questions will naturally arise. OpenAI has released disclaimers about the new visual function, stating that the company has worked with Be My Eyes, “a free mobile app for blind and low-vision people, to understand the limitations.” OpenAI has taken technical measures to limit the software’s ability to analyze and comment on people in the background of pictures. OpenAI referenced the previous issues within ChatGPT and its inaccuracy. The company has taken “technical measures” to ensure the privacy of individuals. In addition, OpenAI claims that “real-world usage and feedback will help make these safeguards even better while keeping the tool useful.”

Models limitations

There are new risks that are posed by the latest ChatGPT updates. OpenAI states that the new voice capabilities “present new risks, such as the potential for malicious actors to impersonate public figures and commit fraud.” In addition, OpenAI discourages “higher risk use cases without proper verification.” You must always use your own research skills when using the applications, as ChatGPT may produce hallucinations. Furthermore, OpenAI claims that ChatGPT is “proficient at transcribing English text but performs poorly with other languages, especially those with non-roman script.” The company has advised its non-English users not to use ChatGPT for transcribing in languages other than English.

How to use ChatGPT-4’s new features

There are a plethora of different ways you can use ChatGPT-4 to revolutionize your university work. As this is a new product, it is difficult to predict the future for ChatGPT-4 and academia. However, we have come up with a few ideas on how to use the program for your school work.

Cybernews Academy Note: These features are not yet available to the general public. So, we have put together a few ideas based on OpenAI’s article surrounding how ChatGPT-4 may be useful if you use it for university. Don’t use ChatGPT to write your essays or craft your research papers, as this may viewed as academic misconduct.


You can use ChatGPT’s new features to research more effectively, as the browse function allows users to browse the internet for current information that isn’t limited to data from September 2021. Use specific prompts, keywords, and phrases, and break complex questions into simple bites so ChatGPT can understand your requests. This new feature provides users with links to sources that they can reference in their essays or research papers. Other research AI tools are available on the market, like Elseviers Scopus AI. However, ChatGPT-4 may be a great option if you already know how to use OpenAI’s program.

Structure essays

ChatGTP can be a great way to structure your essays by giving you an outline and key points to help you create something exceptional. With OpenAI’s new browse feature, you can create up-to-date essay plans with information after September 2021.

Data analysis

Through the new image feature, OpenAI states that you could analyze “a complex graph from work-related data.” When using ChatGPT at work or school, you should always remember to double-check your answers and do your own independent research.

Checking your work

Suppose you want to check the readability of your research papers and academic texts. According to OpenAI’s article, ChatGPT can help you solve a “math problem by taking a photo, circling the problem set, and having it share hints with you.” Therefore, you should be able to take pictures of other pieces of work and highlight the potential issues within your work.

Personal assistant

With ChatGPT-4’s new voice capabilities, you could potentially use the program as a personal assistant or academic mentor who could help you answer questions surrounding your research topics and ask it to give you examples or feedback. You may be able to use it in your everyday life by asking the chatbot to help you organize your academic studies.

Interview prep

ChatGPT-4’s new voice capabilities may help you simulate a job or university interview. This could be a great tool to help you get prepared for the interview. This is advice that we have provided in previous articles. However, with ChatGPT’s voice assistant, simulating an interview may be that much easier.

These new capabilities signify a new chapter in the race for artificial intelligence. OpenAI has launched these new features that could potentially revolutionize your work. Despite its limitations and potential safety concerns, ChatGPT-4 could be a great tool to help you structure your work, research new topics, find errors in your work, and simulate interviews.