Artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT can now retrieve information from online sources and interact with third-party websites via a new plugin feature introduced by its creator, OpenAI.
The plugin feature is still in its “limited” alpha phase and will only be available to a small set of users initially before rolling out to “larger-scale access. Users must add themselves to a waitlist in order to access the new feature on Chat GPT Plus, the firm said in a March 23 announcement.
Initially, there are only 11 plugins available. These plugins range from allowing users to check the scores of live sporting events to booking an international flight and purchasing food for home delivery. The firm added that it is “gradually rolling out plugins” so that it can assess its real-world use.
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,” said OpenAI.
Among the cohort of websites that are supported by the new plugin feature are e-commerce platforms Shopify, Klarna and Instacart and travel search engines Expedia and KAYAK.
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
It also supports math computer Wolfram to carry out calculations, and Slack, one of the largest business messaging apps, according to the announcement.
Other apps include FiscalNote, Milo Family AI, OpenTable, Shop, Speak and Zapier.
How does it access the web?
ChatGPT utilizes the Bing API to search for information along with a text-based web browser to navigate results and interact with websites.
It is able to synthesize information across multiple sources to give a more grounded response. It also cites the sources it used so users can verify where ChatGPT derived its response from.
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 said the plug-in capabilities came on the back of high demand from its user base since the firm launched ChatGPT on Nov. 30.
Mitchell Hashimoto, the founder of software firm HashiCorp and an early user of the ChatGPT plugin API told his 94,300 Twitter followers on March 23 that it is one of the most “impressive” computer applications he has ever used:
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
Being able to use plugins that access the internet could improve one of ChatGPT’s arguably biggest shortfalls, as it is trained with data only up to September 2021 and does not have access to the internet to grab more recent information
Earlier this month, OpenAI released the latest version of its artificial intelligence Chatbot, ChatGPT-4.
So far, the new version has already managed to successfully pass many of the toughest U.S. high school and law school exams in the 90th percentile.
Using the same version, Cointelegraph recently launched an experiment using GPT-4 to invest in cryptocurrencies using information fed from Cointelegraph Markets and a selection of Cointelegraph’s daily news, with the aim of understanding how it interprets news to make trading decisions.
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