ChatGPT can now browse the internet for updated information
OpenAI said that the “Browse with Bing” option is now available to users of the paid versions of ChatGPT, adding “we’ll expand to all users soon”
On Wednesday, Microsoft-backed OpenAI announced on X, formerly Twitter, that the new update allows it to move past the September 2021 cutoff and access current information on the internet.
OpenAI said that the “Browse with Bing” option is now available to users of the paid versions of ChatGPT, adding “we’ll expand to all users soon”.
OpenAI had earlier tested a feature that allowed users to access the latest information through the Bing search engine within its premium ChatGPT Plus offering.
This feature was integrated in May but disabled two months later over fears that it could allow users to bypass paywalls.
The new integration works similarly to Bard, a chatbot developed and launched by Google in March this year.
There were also privacy concerns about accessing real-time information: The bot could pick up harmful material, misinformation, and copyrighted content online and display it to users, was earlier reported.
Additionally, users have to enable their chat history to allow the new browser plugin to work, which means opting to share their personal data with the model.
OpenAI said the latest feature would allow websites to control how ChatGPT can interact with them.
Hanna said that ChatGPT can display hallucinations, or misinformation and inaccurate information.
Earlier this week, OpenAI introduced voice and image features to the chatbot, earning mixed reactions online.
While some users celebrated the updates, others were concerned about AI becoming too human-like.
Some users brought up how the updates might replace smaller AI startups and software engineers while others discouraged the use of ChatGPT, raising concerns about the recent lawsuits against OpenAI’s violation of copyright laws and infringement of intellectual property rights.