OpenAI has recently launched plugins for its popular chatbot, ChatGPT. These plugins will allow ChatGPT to access the internet for the first time, giving it access to select third-party databases and information sources. This development will enable ChatGPT to interact with select websites, gather information and provide users with enhanced functionality.
Plugins Offer Enhanced Functionality for Users
OpenAI has released 11 plugins for ChatGPT, created by various companies. The plugins include those by popular companies such as Slack, Zapier, Expedia, FiscalNote, Instacart, Milo, OpenTable, and more. These plugins will enable ChatGPT to offer a range of functionalities, including travel planning, restaurant recommendations, shopping for products, ordering from local grocery stores, and more.
OpenAI’s Most Exciting Plugins
The most exciting plugins by OpenAI itself are a web browser and a code interpreter plugin. The web browser plugin allows ChatGPT to retrieve information directly from the internet and intelligently draw data and infer from it. This plugin uses the Bing AI API to browse the internet, making it possible for the chatbot to answer user queries using data from the web.
The code interpreter plugin uses Python and performs logical calculations based on problems posed. Both plugins are currently in an Alpha stage, which means they are not yet widely available.
Release and Availability
The plugins are currently in a limited Alpha testing phase and are not yet available to everyone. OpenAI is extending access to ChatGPT plugins through a waitlist that users can sign up for. The company is initially prioritizing a small number of developers and ChatGPT Plus users, with wider access expected to follow soon.
Implications for ChatGPT’s Future
The release of these plugins is a significant development for ChatGPT. By providing the chatbot with internet access, OpenAI is making it possible for ChatGPT to become even smarter and more powerful. If implemented correctly, ChatGPT could become a stronger competitor in the battle against Google Bard. It remains to be seen how ChatGPT will fare against Bard, but this development is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.