OpenAI announced a new feature for its conversational AI ChatGPT: the ability to search the internet in real time. This means that ChatGPT is no longer limited to data before September 2021. It can now access the latest information from the internet and use it to answer questions, provide facts, or generate creative content.
“ChatGPT can now browse the internet to provide you with current and authoritative information, complete with direct links to sources,” said OpenAI on X, formerly Twitter.
According to OpenAI, the new web search feature is powered by Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. ChatGPT can use Bing to browse relevant web pages, images, news articles, and other sources of information that can help it respond to the user’s input.
The web search feature was first introduced to paying subscribers, but was later scrubbed when it was discovered that the chatbot can bypass paywalls for information.
“Browsing is available to Plus and Enterprise users today, and we’ll expand to all users soon. To enable, choose Browse with Bing in the selector under GPT-4,” OpenAI adds.
ChatGPT is currently available for free at chat.openai.com. Users can also subscribe to ChatGPT Plus under a subscription plan that offers more features and capabilities.
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