ChatGPT is an AI-powered language model developed by OpenAI that can generate human-like text responses to a given prompt. It can answer questions, converse on a variety of topics, and generate creative writing pieces. But what if ChatGPT could also browse the web and find relevant information for you?
That’s exactly what OpenAI has recently announced: ChatGPT can now access the internet and use web search results to augment its responses. This means that ChatGPT can not only generate text from its own knowledge and imagination, but also from external sources of information.
This new feature opens up many possibilities for ChatGPT to help you with your daily tasks and challenges. For example, ChatGPT can:
- Help you with your homework or research by finding and summarizing relevant web pages or articles for you.
- Help you with your shopping or travel plans by finding and comparing products or services for you.
- Help you with your entertainment or hobbies by finding and recommending books, movies, music, games, or recipes for you.
- Help you with your health or wellness by finding and providing advice or tips for you.
On Thursday, the artificial intelligence company OpenAI announced that it’s gradually rolling out plugins for ChatGPT, in a move that significantly expands the chatbot’s functionality.
The first wave of plugins, which are now available in alpha to select ChatGPT users and developers, allow ChatGPT to tap new sources of live data from the web, including third-party sources such as Expedia, Kayak and Instacart. Prior to this upgrade, ChatGPT was restricted to drawing information from its training data, which ran until 2021.
“Though not a perfect analogy, plugins can be ‘eyes and ears’ for language models, giving them access to information that is too recent, too personal, or too specific to be included in the training data,” OpenAI said on its website.
For instance, ChatGPT can now pull up answers to questions such as how the box office sales of this year’s Oscar winners compare to those of other movies released recently. This new functionality is served up thanks to the browser plugin, which shows the sources the generative AI service is drawing information from before it spits out an answer.
“Plugins are very experimental still but we think there’s something great in this direction,” OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman wrote in a tweet Thursday. “It’s been a heavily requested feature.”
If you want to try ChatGPT yourself, you can visit chat.openai.com and start a conversation with it. To address risks in the answers that ChatGPT provides to queries, OpenAI said it has implemented safeguards and has limited access to a small group of users and developers to start with. Interested parties can sign up on a waitlist here. Give it a try and see what it can do for you!