You Can Finally Get Data In Real Time On ChatGPT

OpenAI’s tweet on X revealed that ChatGPT can now browse the internet. This is huge news in the world of artificial intelligence. The model, once confined to data from before September 2021, now holds the capability to offer information with direct links to sources.

“ChatGPT can now browse the internet to provide you with current and authoritative information, complete with direct links to sources. It is no longer limited to data before September 2021,” announced OpenAI.

The Real-Time Edge

Initially available to Plus and Enterprise users, the ‘Browse with Bing’ feature expands the chatbot’s utility. This allows it to give insights into current affairs and a wider range of topics. A user can ask about the latest earthquake, celebrity news, or advancements in technology, and receive instant, updated information. This enhanced capability is expected to alter the dynamics of online search and information retrieval.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of business psychology at University College London, commented, “Now, you can treat this as a source of the latest news, gossip and current events. It’s going to absorb a lot of the incoming questions and inquiries that were going to search engines or news outlets.”

Bridging Gaps and Raising Questions

The model’s real-time access to information and the removal of its previous constraints brings questions about accuracy and reliability. The assurance of providing sourced and credible information is so important and necessary.

Professor Chamorro-Premuzic warned, “If it’s not stating in a reliable way what the sources are… then there are concerns around accuracy and people might assume the information they get there is reliable when it’s not.”

In the Light of Regulation

OpenAI is no stranger to scrutiny. The enhanced capabilities of ChatGPT bring along increased attention from regulators. A dialogue surrounding the ethical use, privacy. Accuracy of information is underway, evidenced by the FTC’s engagement with OpenAI.

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, emphasised the need for global cooperation in an interview on CNBC, stating, “Long term, we will need our government and governments around the world to act and to put regulations in place and standards that make sure that we get as much of the good as possible from these technologies and minimize the downsides.”

Features and Functionalities

The update isn’t just about real-time information. OpenAI is introducing voice and image capabilities to premium users. From snapping a picture of a landmark and engaging in a live conversation about it, to helping a child with a maths problem through a photo, these updates are set to make ChatGPT an integral part of daily life.
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Available to those with Plus and Enterprise subscriptions, ‘Browse with Bing’ allows ChatGPT to trawl the web for current information, offering answers directly from authoritative sources and providing the option for users to verify the information through the cited links.

Accessing the feature might initially seem a bit complex, but the instructions provided by OpenAI make the process straightforward: Click on ‘Profile & Settings’, select ‘Beta features’, toggle on ‘Browse with Bing’, and choose this option under GPT-4.

The integration of this feature indicates a step towards more transparent and verifiable AI communications, ensuring that users can validate the information provided by ChatGPT.

As OpenAI rolls out these updates, positioning ChatGPT as a more dynamic, responsive, and interactive tool, it also elevates the standards for AI conversational agents globally. The AI race is accelerating, and with these enhancements, ChatGPT is poised to offer precise, up-to-date information, marking a significant stride in the evolution of AI-powered conversational platforms.

In the words of OpenAI, the transition from alpha to beta allows ChatGPT Plus users to “access the internet and use 70+ third-party plugins.” This is indicative of improvements in the depth and responsiveness of AI interactions. The world is watching as ChatGPT steps into this new phase, embodying the rapid advancements defining the AI sector.