ChatGPT receives the quickest OpenAI facelift in history, now being able to browse the internet in certain cases, as well as adding plug-ins to upgrade the chatbot capabilities.
Granting ChatGPT access to live data from the web is incredibly beneficial since its current limitations can only pull information from data up to the year 2021.
With OpenAI launching plugins for ChatGPT, the bot’s functionality grants access to third-party knowledge sources and databases.
A host of early collaborators built plugins for ChatGPT to join OpenAI’s own, including Expedia, FiscalNote, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Milo, OpenTable, Shopify, Slack, Speak, Wolfram and Zapier.
According to a blog post, the company stated that the plugins are “tools designed specifically for language models with safety as a core principle, and help ChatGPT access up-to-date information, run computations, or use third-party services.”
Tweet shared by @gdb:
We’ve added initial support for ChatGPT plugins — a protocol for developers to build tools for ChatGPT, with safety as a core design principle. Deploying iteratively (starting with a small number of users & developers) to learn from contact with reality: https://t.co/ySek2oevod pic.twitter.com/S61MTpddOV
— Greg Brockman (@gdb) March 23, 2023
However, there is a waitlist and OpenAI will only prioritize a small number of developers and subscribers to its premium ChatGPT Plus plan before the general public gets access.
OpenAI says it has “implemented several safeguards” including this exclusive and limited access of users so they may get a better understanding of how to make the proper adjustments.
This will hopefully provide users with more accurate information and refrains the site from less legal risk.
According to TechCrunch, “Some experts accuse OpenAI of profiting from the unlicensed work on which ChatGPT was trained; ChatGPT’s dataset contains a wide variety of public websites. But plugins potentially address that issue by allowing companies to retain full control over their data.”
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