OpenAI’s AI chatbot, ChatGPT, has added a new feature that allows it to browse the internet and provide users with up-to-date information. This functionality was briefly available earlier this year but was pulled due to users exploiting it to access paid content for free. Now, ChatGPT has reintroduced this feature, using Bing to search the web. OpenAI suggests that the feature is best used for tasks that require current information, such as trip planning or technical research. However, it is important to note that this feature is currently only available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers and enterprise users.
To use this feature, users need to log into ChatGPT on the web and select the GPT-4 engine. From there, they can choose ‘Browse with Bing’ and start a conversation. ChatGPT will then utilize information from the web alongside its regular training data. OpenAI acknowledges that the feature is still in beta and may have limitations based on Bing’s search results. For instance, if the search engine is unsure about a particular topic, users may be redirected to relevant websites instead of receiving direct answers.
While this new browsing feature is a significant addition to ChatGPT’s capabilities, it remains to be seen how OpenAI will address any potential concerns or challenges that may arise during its implementation. In the future, refinements and improvements can be expected to enhance the functionality of this feature.