OpenAI has stated that it will roll out the plugins to a select group of users first in order to “research their real-world use and impact,” and then make them available to the general public.
Conversational robot powered by artificial intelligence. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has added a plugin capability that allows the platform to access the internet for data retrieval and interactivity with external websites.
The plugin functionality is still in its “restricted” alpha stage, so for the time being, only a select group of users will have access to it. The company announced the new service on March 23, and it requires users to sign up for a waitlist in order to use it.
There are just 11 plugins to choose from at launch. Users can do anything from the book an international flight and order takeout with the click of a button thanks to these handy add-ons. The company is “gradually pushing out plugins” to gauge actual adoption.
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
“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.”
E-commerce platforms Shopify, Klarna, and Instacart, as well as travel search engines Expedia and KAYAK, are among the websites that work with the new plugin feature. You can also check out the official account maintained by Expedia Group, which shares some information related to an Opening Ai.
With our new AI Plugin, a traveler can start a conversation with #ChatGPT to plan their next trip–complete with access to up-to-date information on the availability & price of flights, hotels, vacation rentals, activities, & car rentals across the world. https://t.co/cVgLL6qln9 pic.twitter.com/YAIaj9zrEd
— Expedia Group (@ExpediaGroup) March 23, 2023
The statement also states that the popular workplace communications tool Slack and the mathematical computer Wolfram are supported.
How does it access the web?
ChatGPT employs the Bing API to do searches, and it employs a text-based web browser to allow users to navigate through search results and interact with websites.
It may combine data from various sources into one coherent response. ChatGPT also includes references to its research materials so users can double-check its findings.
ChatGPT has a brand new plugin that uses the Bing API to access the current, up-to-date internet.
This changes everything. pic.twitter.com/Izknqp1UgC
— Rowan Cheung (@rowancheung) March 23, 2023
OpenAI claimed the plug-in features were in response to customer demand after the company released ChatGPT on November 30.
On March 23, Mitchell Hashimoto, CEO of software company HashiCorp and an early adopter of the ChatGPT plugin API gushed to his 94,300 Twitter followers about how incredible the plugin is.
I’ve developed a lot of plugin systems, and the OpenAI ChatGPT plugin interface might be the damn craziest and most impressive approach I’ve ever seen in computing in my entire life.
— Mitchell Hashimoto (@mitchellh) March 23, 2023
One of ChatGPT’s most significant limitations is that it is only trained with data through September 2021, and it lacks the ability to connect to the internet and download more up-to-date data. This limitation could be alleviated by allowing plugins with internet access. This month, OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT-4, the fourth iteration of its AI-powered chatbot.
With the same version, Cointelegraph has just initiated an experiment to see how GPT-4 understands news to make trading decisions while investing in cryptocurrency using data from Cointelegraph Markets and a subset of Cointelegraph’s daily content.
The lowdown: We’ve given #GPT4 a budget of $100. We’ve instructed it to make as much money as possible.
Can GPT-4 navigate the choppy crypto waters and stay green?
A thread 🧵 pic.twitter.com/UibCBUz0Nt
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) March 17, 2023