Now yes: ChatGPT can now navigate the current Internet, thanks to OpenAI

OpenAI announced a series of plugins for ChatGPT , its conversational technology based on GPT-4 technology.


With ChatGPT , the world discovered a powerful information search and content creation tool. However, OpenAI has been clear from the beginning regarding the data that the system is capable of referencing: only data created up to 2021. With this limitation, a large part of the responses present inaccuracies and some kind of “bug” to the eyes. of the user. This may be a thing of the past, thanks to new OpenAI plugins that finally allow GPT-4 to connect to today’s Internet .

Since this weekend, OpenAI has released a series of additions to its ChatGPT system and, among them, the ability to guarantee access to third-party databases, including the web itself, is extended. With this, the OpenAI system will be able to operate in controlled environments and the same cyberspace that we all use.

This development, currently available in “alpha period” for ChatGPT users on a waiting list, will allow access to information beyond September 2021 and combine this fresh data with the computational power of the new generation of the pre-trained generative transformer. .

“Users have been requesting plugins since we launched ChatGPT (and many developers are experimenting with similar ideas) because they unlock a wide range of possible use cases,” they point out from OpenAI. “We are excited to build a community that shapes the future of the human-AI interaction paradigm.”

GPT as a plugin what does it mean?

Early plugins created by OpenAI included collaborations with Expedia, FiscalNote, Instacart, KAYAK, Klarna, Milo, OpenTable, Shopify, Slack, Speak, Wolfram Alpha, and Zapier. Each of these services integrates GPT-4 technology to power their own products and allows OpenAI developers access to their data.

How does it work? Developers add these APIs to their library and will be able to interact with the information they provide using a generative conversational model: In the video shared by OpenAI, we can see how the power of ChatGPT is harnessed with services linked from a search, involving OpenTable, WolframAlpha and Instacart simultaneously:

ChatGPT already accesses the Internet, good or bad?

This new access to GPT-4 is thanks to a collaboration with Microsoft, one of the companies with the highest level of investment in OpenAI and which recently announced the inclusion of this generative AI in its Bing search engine. This first stage comprises a few users with access to ChatGPT Plus.

Internet access from such a powerful bot can cause some complicated issues to establish a reliable and accurate system for information search. The risk of accessing sites with inaccurate data and “fake news” can cause drastic inaccuracies in the results that the system delivers.

This implies additional data curation work to keep the results of the AI ​​consistent, both in verified data and in access. Dynamic repositories such as social networks, forums, and user-generated content platforms could lead to a claim based on erroneous data.