ChatGPT now supports plugins that allow chatbots to discover new sources of information, including the Internet and third-party sites like Expedia and Instacart.

OpenAI has added plugin support for ChatGPT – an update that expands the capabilities of chatbots and enables access to real-time data from the web for the first time.

Currently, ChatGPT is limited as it can only extract information from training data completed in 2021. OpenAI says the plugin will allow bots to not only browse the web, but also interact with individual web pages can turn the system into a single web page. One comprehensive interface for all types of services and locations. In the announcement, the company said other services are the “eyes and ears” of ChatGPT.

In the demo video (below), someone finds a recipe using ChatGPT and then orders ingredients from Instacart. ChatGPT automatically uploads the ingredient list to the merchant service and directs the user to a page to complete the order.

OpenAI says it is rolling out access to the plugin to a “small group of users”. First, there are 11 plugins for external sites, including Expedia, OpenTable, Kayak, Klarna Shopping, and Zapier. OpenAI also provides some plugins of its own, one that explains the code and another called “Brow” that allows ChatGPT to fetch data from the web.

As an example of the browsing plugin’s functionality, the company shows people how the box office revenue of this year’s Oscar-winning movies compares to new releases and tells them what the bot is doing. before release. they have seen. This is something that ChatGPT could not do before.

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This experimental feature appears to be similar to Microsoft Bing, which has special technology for importing GPT-4 (ChatGPT Basic Language Model) data from the Internet. However, the OpenAI plugin does more than just include real-time information. It can also connect to an API that allows it to “perform actions on behalf of users,” according to the company’s documentation. This can make it even more powerful – Bing helps you plan your vacation by telling you about flights and hotels, while ChatGPT helps you book .

There are some obvious security concerns when ChatGPT works on behalf of users rather than just providing information. Experts have expressed concern about this ahead of OpenAI’s tests with GPT-4. For example, under the guidance of a human tester, the bot could generate instructions to hire a TaskRabbit worker to solve unanswered captcha.

OpenAI says it’s looked at the threat posed by the plugin and “implemented a number of safeguards,” including limiting the plugin’s availability to a small number of people. The company’s blog post says that access to the plugin “will be prioritized for certain developers and ChatGPT Plus users”, with a waiting list to sign up.