In a game-changing development, ChatGPT, the conversational AI sensation, has shed its limitation of responding with “I’m sorry, but I cannot provide real-time information.”
OpenAI, the mastermind behind ChatGPT, has officially confirmed that the chatbot can now harness the vast expanse of the internet to provide users with the most current and authoritative information available, complete with direct links to sources.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman exclaimed, “We are so back!”
Gone are the days when ChatGPT was restricted to knowledge up until September 2021, rendering it oblivious to real-time events occurring beyond that date.
However, this is exclusively available for paid users.
ChatGPT’s previous incapacity to incorporate recent events into its responses had deterred some potential users. With this significant enhancement, premium ChatGPT users now have the ability to pose questions about current affairs and access up-to-the-minute news items. Furthermore, OpenAI has hinted at an upcoming feature: ChatGPT’s ability to engage in voice conversations with users, making it an even more versatile tool for tasks requiring real-time information, such as technical research, vacation planning, or gadget selection.
One major hindrance to this advancement had been the prohibitive computing costs associated with internet browsing. Each user query incurred a few cents in expenses for OpenAI. However, with the introduction of the ‘Browser with Bing’ extension, ChatGPT can now navigate the web at a fraction of the previous cost. Interestingly, Microsoft’s AI-powered Bing search engine already provides free internet browsing capabilities, as does ChatGPT’s formidable rival, Google’s Bard.
Due to the risk in using real-time data and some privacy and ethical concerns about accessing real-time information – particularly copyrighted content without permission were the reason why this idea took so much time.