OpenAI has announced the latest version of ChatGPT, including a web browsing beta and an amazing 70 extensions for ChatGPT Plus users.
This release pushes the AI platform to new heights, transforming the tasks users can accomplish with ChatGPT.
From entertainment and shopping to job search and weather forecasts, these experimental features are poised to revolutionize the user experience, bringing a wealth of possibilities to your chat interface.
As we step into this new era of AI-powered web interaction, let’s dive into what this means for ChatGPT users.
Subscribe to experimental GPT chat features
ChatGPT Plus users should be able to access the 70-plugin beta and browse the web in the latest version of ChatGPT.
Early access to experimental features can be found in the ChatGPT Plus user settings in the experimental features panel.
If experimental features are enabled, you will see the updated theme when the May 12th release of ChatGPT is reached. Plug-ins, web browsing, and a compiler are available under GPT-4.
Selective browsing of the web
In the beta phase, web browsing and plug-ins must know when and how to use these features to respond to a user prompt.
For example, when I asked ChatGPT for the day’s top news on a particular topic, browsing the web knows to go straight to the web.
In this test, a web surfer abstracted information from a single news article referenced in approximately a dozen citation links.
A second social media news web browsing test today resulted in a similar pattern: It listed 15 news stories, all from a single news site.
70 third-party ChatGPT plugins
With 70 third-party plugins in the plugin store, users can use GPT-4 for entertainment, home improvement, investing, job searching, marketing, instant generation, shopping, tutoring, weather, and more.
Even with a large selection of plugins, you can only enable three for conversation.
Since I was looking for a way to use AI to analyze PDFs, I was excited to try out a PDF plugin. Unfortunately, it still needs some work.
The Zillow plug-in detected which homes were most likely to meet my requirements, though it couldn’t find anything that matched exactly.
It shows that ChatGPT plugins have the potential to change the way we do a lot of things online.
Milestones for new feature releases
In addition to the release notes, OpenAI recently outlined milestones for new feature releases for ChatGPT.
The first phase allows a small group of users to test new features (alpha), followed by a second phase for ChatGPT Plus users who choose the new features (beta), and ends with general availability.
Alpha and Beta stages allow OpenAI to collect user feedback to improve user experience, increase stability, and meet quality standards prior to public release.
As an alpha or beta user, you can shape the effectiveness and accuracy of new features by providing feedback with the options provided.
Create ChatGPT extensions
Developers who want to build ChatGPT plug-ins can join the plug-in queue.
Once approved, OpenAI documentation will guide you through creating a plugin like those from Instacart, Expedia, KAYAK, and other brands.
Big tech companies are fighting for the dominance of artificial intelligence
The new version of ChatGPT from OpenAI comes after Google expanded Bard globally and Microsoft announced the next generation of Bing AI features.
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