The American publisher Open AI has just announced that its conversational agent, ChatGPT, can now overcome “the wall of knowledge” which until then blocked it in September 2021. It is now possible for it to have access to data after this date and in real time thanks to its integration into the Microsoft Bing search engine.
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This was long awaited: ChatGPTChatGPT can now browse the entire Web and thus have access to the most recent information. Until now, the intelligent chatbot was limited to sources no later than September 2021. This new feature is available on ChatGPT Plus and should be available to everyone very soon.
Not a day goes by without a new announcement regarding ChatGPT. After integrating the DALL-E image generation tool into ChatGPT Plus and the promise for this autumnautumn new features to be able to speak with the conversational agent and analyze photos in addition to writing simple prompts, OpenAI breaks the barrier of time. Until then, the information made available to ChatGPT was limited to the end of 2021, excluding dedicated plugins for subscribers to its version premium.
Now it can take into account the most recent information available on the Web, thanks to Microsoft Bing. Note that ChatGPT systematically indicates the link to its sources, to be able to immediately verify the authenticity of the information provided.
To activate this feature, you must go to your account settings, in the “ Beta features » and activate “ Browse with Bing » (browse with Bing). You can then use it as you wish by precisely selecting this option (Browse avec Bing) in the GPT-4 options menu. Be careful though, it is not possible to combine the use of Bing and plugins. Browsing is available today for ChatGPT Plus users and will be rolled out to everyone. very soon ».
With this new functionality, ChatGPT joins certain competitors who already offer navigation across the entire Web, like Bing Chat, in the NavigatorNavigator Edge under Windows, or even Google Bard.
OpenAI releases several plugins for ChatGPT. One of them, currently in the Alpha test phase, allows him to retrieve information from the Web to enrich his answers. Is it a good idea ?
Article from Sylvain BigetSylvain Bigetpublished on March 23, 2023
One of the limitations of ChatGPT is that it is essentially stuck in these responses on dates, events and people whose information is before September 2021. Regular updates have kept the information up to date. later dates, but until now artificial intelligence did not know how to search for data on the Web on its own.
It’s now possible, thanks to plugins that OpenAI added yesterday. They allow him to access sources and data basedata base external sites and even search for information directly on the Web. Currently, these options are only available in Alpha version. These plugins will only be accessible to a limited number of developers and users who have opted into the plan premium you chatbot.
The plugins will then be accessible to everyone after this testing phase. The plugin that precisely adds web search queries. If ChatGPT is deliberately restricted, it is precisely to better filter content in order to limit access to unreliable content. Knowing that, despite this control, ChatGPT can slip easily, thedirect accessdirect access to search engines could well make the phenomenon worse.
We remember Facebook’s unfortunate experience with its BlenderBot 3.0 chatbot, which quickly delved into conspiracy theories and anti-Semitism due to the viral content it had access to. Similarly, in 2021, OpenAI tried to experiment with connecting to the web with an AI called WebGPT. The system, which looked for answers on the Web, tended to draw on unreliable but popular sources.
It remains to be seen how ChatGPT will fare with this new feature. Among the other plugins, we also find a Python code interpretation function. It is able to support file upload to the chatbot and can also upload the generated file. This process makes it possible to carry out processing and convert files from one format to another. Furthermore, OpenAI explained that it wishes to develop its plugin policy for ChatGPT and allow companies, for example, to create them to meet their own needs.
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